In the month of June, we took a field trip to Danadams, a Ghanaian established and owned pharmaceutical company that manufactures and sells a variety of medicines including anti-malaria, HIV/AIDS medications and antibiotics. Local ABAN advisor and Danadams strategist, Janine De Nysschen, scored us a behind-the-scenes visit to come see the enriching work they are doing in Accra.
The day began by piling all of the ABAN ladies and their children into a tro-tro and heading to the facility. Once there, we got to tour the company from an insider's perspective; seeing the storage center for raw materials, walking through the manufacturing hall where the chemical compounds are combined, and visiting the packaging center where the medicine is packaged for distribution and sale. Production workers explained the processes that the medicine undergoes, including the many quality checks it goes through in order to ensure that each pill is the correct combination of ingredients and will have the desired effect when taken. To go into the facility, everyone had to wear long coats, shoe covers, hair nets and surgeon masks. The ABAN women couldn't stop laughing when they looked at one another and themselves in the mirrors.
While this tour was going on, Dr. George Puplampu (from Danadams parent healthcare company, the Danpong Group) spent time with the ABAN women who have children, teaching them some child care techniques and giving tips on healthy living for both themselves and their babies. He also examined the babies and declared them all to be in good health.
At the end, Danadams told the ABAN apprentices that it doesn't take an extensive education to begin working for Danadams, all they needed was basic literacy and speaking skills. From that point on, with the right dedication and commitment, they could be trained for a variety of roles within the company. Danadams has several employees who started out as cleaners and progressed to become receptionists, technicians, production workers, and even sales staff. This caught the girls' attention and presented a new idea for something to pursue after graduation.
Danadams supports ABAN not only by opening their facility for touring, but also through the buying of a specialty tote. Danadams sends us their recycled fabric with their company logo on it and our ACE employees sew it into tote bags that the company then uses for gift bags within the company! The entire staff at Danadams warmly welcomed ABAN and truly made the ladies dream bigger and have one more reason why they are proud to be Ghanaian!
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