Reaching out with comprehensive health
Five partners have come together to float a Comprehensive Health Management Services and Outreach project for all Meatco employees and their dependants as well as for employees and their families working on the farms from where Meatco obtains it slaughter cattle.
Operated under Meatco’s Corporate Social Responsibility vehicle, the project is partnered by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, the German Development Cooperation and the Namibia Employers Federation.
The project is anchored in the new Meatco clinic. This facility was inaugurated last week Friday.
Meatco established a clinic at the Windhoek Factory in 1990 to enhance food safety, provide primary health care, first aid and professional medical consultation twice a week.
In December 2014 the Meatco Foundation acquired Private Public Partnership funding with the Namibia Employment Federation (NEF) with back funding from the German Development Cooperation, for the implementation of the Meatco Comprehensive Health Management Services and Outreach project. The N$4 million project is funded 50/50 by Meatco and the German Cooperation.
The clinic conducts Food Handlers Medicals, Occupational Health Care Services, Wellness Management and Integrated Health Management solutions to about 550 Meatco factory employees. This project will run until December 2016 and upon completion lessons learnt and recommendations will be generated for possible upscaling.
The project also includes an outreach programme that targets about 2000 Meatco employee dependants and 1500 dependants of the supply chain (employees on the farms that supply livestock to Meatco) who will be provided with Wellness Programs and Primary Health Care Services by PharmAccess through the Mister Sister Service Health Mobile clinic.
Meatco said “the company health programme and services provide us with the opportunity to extend the principles of our corporate social investment and responsibility to our stakeholders and partners and to improve the productivity within the supply chain. This will impact positively on our competitiveness and position as a leading company showing our responsibility to employees and their dependants.”