Barrick Marks World AIDS Day with New Clinics in PNG and Tanzania

November 30, 2007

Company and partners focus on promoting voluntary testing in at-risk communities

On December 1, World AIDS Day, a newly rebuilt health clinic providing HIV/AIDS services will
open near Barrick’s Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea, along with a new facility set to open in the
New Year at the company’s Tulawaka mine in Tanzania.

The Porgera health clinic will provide voluntary HIV/AIDS counselling and testing (VCT) for mine
employees and the wider community. The clinic is the result of the leadership of the Asian
Development Bank (ADB), with support from the National Department of Health and Barrick and
builds on efforts to scale up HIV testing in the region.

At the clinic’s official opening, confidential HIV testing and counselling will be offered by mine
medical staff on-site, along with public awareness activities and promotions to encourage testing in
the surrounding area.

“Voluntary testing is the key entry point for any successful program to fight HIV/AIDS,” said Mark
Fisher, the mine’s General Manager. “The newly upgraded clinic will enable us to encourage greater
uptake of this service in the community. This is essential if we are to estimate the true prevalence of
the disease and control its ability to spread.”

At the Porgera mine, Barrick’s HIV/AIDS prevention efforts encompass both an internal program
for mine employees and an external program for the rural Porgera Valley, where voluntary testing
has identified an HIV incidence rate of between 8 to 10 per cent. In June, Porgera and the PNG
government signed a four-year agreement with the Asian Development Bank to enhance HIV/AIDS
prevention and control efforts in the region. The agreement will help strengthen primary health care
services, with a focus on HIV prevention, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), as well as
treatment and care for those infected by AIDS. The project builds on partnership efforts involving
the mine’s medical centre staff and peer counsellors, district health authorities and Paiam Hospital,
and the National AIDS Council.

At the company’s Tulawaka mine in Tanzania, construction of the new Mavota clinic has now been
completed for use as an HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) centre and to improve
primary health and maternity care for area villages. Scheduled to open early in 2008, the Mavota
clinic is the result of a partnership involving Barrick, the local government and the community.
Barrick invested $US75,000 and provided building materials and management expertise, while
employees, contractors and local residents built the facility and residences for nurses and physicians.
“This new facility builds on our well-established HIV/AIDS programs at our North Mara and
Bulyanhulu mines in Tanzania,” said Samantha Chadwick, Community Relations Manager for Barrick
in Tanzania. “These programs encompass health services and public education activities that focus
on employees, their families and the wider community.”

Barrick is also hosting the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) today at its company
headquarters in Toronto to mark World AIDS Day. AMREF volunteers are handing out red ribbons
and accepting donations from the public. Since 1999, AMREF and Barrick have worked to combat
HIV/AIDS in Tanzania near the company’s mining operations.

Barrick’s vision is to be the world’s best gold company by finding, acquiring, developing and
producing quality reserves in a safe, profitable and socially responsible manner.

Deni Nicoski
Vice President,
Investor Relations
Tel: (416) 307-7410

Vincent Borg
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Tel: (416) 307-7477

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