Ellicott Dredges LLC, a Baltimore manufacturer that has been in business for 125 years, has begun a partnership with Jhpiego in support of the global health non-profit’s Malaria in Pregnancy Program in Nigeria that is helping to save thousands of lives.
Ellicott Dredges, which operates in 80 countries, has made a $100,000+ multi-year commitment to buy life-saving anti-malaria medicines, insecticide-treated bed nets, and other supplies to protect women and children in Akwa Ibom state in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Ellicott Dredges joins the ExxonMobil Foundation in this ongoing work that has already reached 28,000 pregnant women.
Malaria is a major cause of illness and death in Nigeria, contributing directly to poverty, low productivity, and reduced school attendance. It kills an estimated 4,500 pregnant women each year in Nigeria, according to the government.
“We are thrilled to have Ellicott Dredges partner with us in this very important work to keep pregnant women and their babies healthy,’’ said Dr. Leslie Mancuso, President and CEO of Jhpiego, a Baltimore-based global health non-profit. “Malaria accounts for 11 percent of maternal deaths in Nigeria. Ellicott Dredges’ contribution is going to save women’s lives.”
Peter Bowe, President of Ellicott Dredges, said the company wanted to have a direct impact on improving the lives of women and children in Nigeria, where the firm has been active working on sand dredging projects.
“Women are the foundation of families throughout the world. Their health is directly related to a nation’s health. We are excited to contribute to this effort with Jhpiego and ExxonMobil,” said Mr. Bowe.
Walter Mather, Ellicott’s Africa Regional Manager, said, “We have made a lot of friends in Nigeria over the years, and I am proud that Ellicott has joined with ExxonMobil and Jhpiego to invest in the health needs of women and children there.”
Ellicott Dredges leads the world in dredge mining applications, including sand-winning, real estate development, river and canal dredging, and eco-system preservation. It built all of the dredges used in the original construction of the Panama Canal.