Sae-A Trading Company, an apparel manufacturer and exporter, recently sponsored a medical team to provide free medical services in Haiti.
The team of 20 medical professionals from Chonnam University Hospital treated residents of Caracol and Terrier Rouge in northern Haiti from Aug. 12-21, the company said.
The medical mission was a long-time effort by Sae-A Trading Company to help the country still suffering from the ravages of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. After attending a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the earthquake, Kim Woong-ki, chairman of Sae-A Trading Company, carried out a 14-month preparation with his alma mater Chonnam National University for the trip.
The team members, which included doctors, nurses and medical students, provided medical treatments for various illnesses, ranging from infectious diseases to childhood illnesses. The professionals treated around 3,000 patients during the 10-day mission, according to the company.
Haitian children wait for medical treatment. (Sae-A Trading)
“We are pleased to provide free medical services to those in need,” said Kim. “This medical mission illustrates our commitment to Haiti and the well-being of the Haitian people. On top of the medical services, we will also continue to offer industrial development and education opportunities that will help rebuild Haiti.”
Sae-A Trading Company has been in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. In January 2010, the company donated 100,000 garments to the Haitian government. The following year, the company sent 12,000 sets of hygiene kits and a truck for transporting medical supplies.
Sae-A Trading Company is taking part in the Haiti Caracol Industrial Park project in collaboration with the U.S. government. The project aims to create 20,000 jobs for the local people. Sae-A Company also plans to open a school, which will accommodate 450 students, in the spring of 2013.
By Jennifer Ryu, Intern reporter