Fyffes extends medical assistance to Hondurans during off-season melon

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Fyffes and its Honduran melon subsidiary Sol Group have launched a series of “community medical brigades” to reach community members and seasonal workers around their farms during the off-season.

Community medical brigades are expected to reach at least 1,000 people – around 500 children and 500 adults over 40 – with symptoms of seasonal illnesses and/or diagnosed with underlying illnesses.

The project started this month in Colonia Buena Vista, Marcovia, where 79 people have already received medical treatment. The project will also be extended to 14 other communities in the regions of Choluteca and El Paraíso in the coming weeks. Community medical brigades are expected to reach at least 1,000 people – around 500 children and 500 adults over 40 – with symptoms of seasonal illnesses and/or diagnosed with underlying illnesses.

Sol Group has four medical clinics on or near its farms in Honduras (three in Choluteca and one in Ojo de Agua), three salaried doctors and five company-paid ambulances (including three new ambulances this year) as well as four nurses who are on contract during the season. One of the main reasons for setting up Community Medical Brigades is to extend medical care to community members, especially temporary workers who find it difficult to access medical clinics on farms during the off-season. .

One of the main reasons for setting up the new Community Medical Brigades is to extend medical care to community members, especially temporary workers who find it difficult to access medical clinics on farms during the dead- season.

Community Medical Brigades include health awareness talks, preventative medicine and care focused on underlying diseases (dengue fever, diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure), common seasonal ailments (respiratory and gastrointestinal infections) , as well as raising awareness of the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19. 19.

“In September 2021, we conducted a community needs assessment, interviewing 900 people from 14 different communities in the region surrounding our melon farms in Choluteca,” said Michael Fletes, sustainability manager and project manager. “Community members told us that the medical infrastructure in the area was not adequate. This project is particularly important for women with underlying illnesses whose opportunities to access medical services are limited and who must leave the community to seek medical assistance, having to invest additional time and money to do so. . We believe that this project will allow us to better understand current health challenges and, in the future, to move towards programs with a more preventive and awareness-raising approach for our priority communities.

For more information:
Azul Meza
Fyffes
[email protected]
https://www.fyffes.com/

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