SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sae-A Trading Co., Ltd (Sae-A), a leading global apparel manufacturer and exporter, led its fourth medical mission since 2012, to Northern Haiti. The mission provides free medical care to local area residents in the neighboring communities around the area each time averaging more than 3,000 people over a (five day) week.
25 medical professionals from the USA (George Washington University School of Nursing), South Korea (Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital) and Haiti (The Vision Plus Eye Clinic in Cap Haitian) spent the week treating local residents at the Sae-A supported, S&H Primary School, while the students were on fall break. The classrooms are converted into temporary medical treatment rooms. Sae-A provided transportation to area residents who needed care, but were unable to reach the school.
The team of 25 medical professionals bring a wide variety of expertise across multiple disciplines including pediatrics, obstetrics, otolaryngology, urology, dermatology, pain management, ophthalmology and family medicine. Special attention is paid to mothers-to-be, infants and children who are not only screened for diseases, but also provided wellness examinations and health information on issues ranging from disease prevention to nutrition.
The mission's goal is to both to provide best-in-class care to clinic patients, as well as help educate the community about best practices in hygiene to help prevent future diseases. A main focus of the educational programming, done in cooperation with local community hospitals, was the prevention and treatment of cholera and other infectious diseases that are present in the region.
For the third time, ophthalmology has been one of the services provided. Vision Plus, based in Cap Haitian, conducted vision examinations on nearly 600 residents providing those with vision problems prescription corrective glasses as well as to provide treatment and screening for disorders that include dry eye, allergic conjunctivitis, eye trauma, infections, glaucoma and cataracts.
"Sae-A is always working to be a beneficial member of the community," said Sae-A's Chairman Woong-Ki Kim. "Our goal through the medical mission is to provide primary health care services, screening and health education for as many adults and children in the communities around the Caracol Industrial Park. We are particularly happy to have partners from Korea, the United States and Haiti join us on our fourth medical mission since 2012. We are grateful to our neighbors for their gracious welcome and remain committed to their well-being. We are particularly proud that any additional supplies from the medical mission will be provided to the Government of Haiti to help treat victims of Hurricane Matthew."
About Sae-A's Community Engagement in Haiti
Sae-A, which marked its 30th year of operations earlier this year, regularly invests in various CSR programs in support of the communities in the areas where it operates. From supporting relief efforts to providing medical treatment to educating more than 400 local students, Sae-A takes its role in the community extremely seriously.
Sae-A invested in and fully funds the operation of the S&H Primary School in a neighborhood near the Industrial Park. The S&H Primary School which provides a best-in-class (free) education to nearly 400 students. The school is led by a team of experienced local and international educators and includes a multi-lingual curriculum and leverages technology to create the best learning experience possible. Sae-A collaborated with the Government of Haiti, the Korea International Cooperation Agency, and local stakeholders to ensure national requirements would be met.
The S&H Secondary School opened this past September which allows the graduates from the Primary School to continue receiving the same quality education without interruption. Each year the school will grow with its senior-most class through the completion of 12th grade essentially doubling enrollment.
Moreover, S&H School's impact on the community goes beyond the class day. It will serve the Caracol-EKAM area by acting as a community center and hosting social events, and provide opportunities for area residents to participate in English and other adult education classes and activities that promote the concept that education begins at home and the community is an extension of the classroom.
For more information on Sae-A's social responsibility programs and initiatives in Haiti, please visit: www.sae-a.com.
About Sae-A Trading Co., Ltd
Established in 1986, Sae-A Trading Co., Ltd is one of the world's largest apparel manufacturing companies employing over 60,000 associates throughout Southeast Asia, Central America and the Caribbean with exports of apparel and textiles exceeding $1.6 billion dollars.
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