Lafarge Africa Launches Medical Outreach in Host Communities in Cross River State to Commemorate World Malaria Day


Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, May 08, 2024. In commemoration of World Malaria Day, Lafarge Africa Plc, a leading innovative and sustainable building solutions company, has flagged off its annual medical outreach, benefiting thousands of people in its host communities across Cross River State. This initiative is part of Lafarge Africa's ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) aimed at enhancing the quality of life for residents in the communities where it operates.

The medical outreach program will focus on health education, where attendees will learn about malaria prevention techniques, such as the use of insecticide-treated nets and environmental management. In addition, participants will have access to medical tests, consultations and free medications to address various health concerns throughout the month of May.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at Akwa Ikot Effanga, Community, Dr. Egbe Ayuk, Commissioner for Health, Cross River State, commended Lafarge Africa for being a proactive partner with the state with its consistency in health interventions and service delivery. “I must thank Lafarge that has done so much in this state. We cannot thank them enough. I want to say that we appreciate what you’re doing in the communities.”

In alignment with the theme for this year’s World Malaria Day, “Health Equity, Gender and Human Rights”, Dr. Vivian Otu, Director General, State Primary Heath Care Development Agency, appreciated Lafarge Africa for its continual support towards eradicating malaria in the state and called for increased support, particularly for pregnant women and children. “Our goal is to address the disparities associated with malaria, and by doing so, create healthier communities that are free from malaria in Cross River state.”

In his remarks, the Plant Manager, Lafarge Africa Plc, Sitirios Valsamakis, who was represented by the Human Resources Business Partner, Mfamosing Plant, Barong Ita, highlighted the company’s commitment to CSR and community wellbeing: “Every year, we continue to impact members of our host communities with our health intervention. This year, we are glad to be expanding our scope to reach the most vulnerable persons with free and quality medical health services tailored to their needs in our respective communities”.

Elder Chief Christy Ise, a representative of the Community Relations Committee (CSR) for Akwa Ikot Effanga Community acknowledging Lafarge’s impact said: “I thank God for what Lafarge has done for us today. In fact, since I was born, I’ve not seen anything of this magnitude.”

Also speaking on behalf of the community, Judith Ani Edet, a primary school teacher at Akwa Ikot Effanga Community stated: “I want to thank Lafarge for what they’ve done for us. I am so happy because our mothers, grandmothers and parents that have been sick, Lafarge has been able to treat them of malaria and other sicknesses.”

The event was attended by representatives of government, Staff Volunteers, members of the Community Relations Committee (CRC), and members of the community.




About Lafarge Africa Plc 

Lafarge Africa Plc, a leading Nigerian building solutions company is a member of Holcim Limited, a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions. Listed on the Nigerian Exchange Group, Lafarge Africa is actively participating in the urbanization and economic growth of Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa.                                        

Lafarge Africa has the widest footprint in Nigeria with cement operations in the South West (Ewekoro and Sagamu in Ogun State), North East (Ashaka, in Gombe State), South East (Mfamosing, Cross Rivers State) with Ready-Mix operations in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Lafarge Africa has a current installed cement production capacity of 10.5Mtpa.

Lafarge Africa leverages on its innovative expertise to provide value-added products and services solutions in the building and construction industry in Nigeria. Additional information is available on the web site at

About Holcim 

Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving the circular economy as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.


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Ginikanwa Frank-Durugbor

Head, Corporate Communications