La Cruz de Elota, Sinaloa, Mexico – On December 5th, the company Agroindustrias Tombell, a member of our agricultural community Veggies from Mexico received a visit from the Ministry of Health for the “Validation and Re-validation of Health Promoting Shelters for Migrant Workers” in Campo la Paloma.
This distinctive accredits the company again as a health-promoting shelter, due to its good sanitation and hygiene practices in the facilities where it provides housing to its migrant workers. This is granted by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with COEPRIS, once it proves compliance with the criteria reviewed in each of the phases of the program.
This program evaluates different areas of the company such as:
Health, Infrastructure, Services and Environmental Sanitation.
For the Ministry of Health, it is a priority to promote a culture of health promotion and disease reduction, under an intercultural approach and shared responsibility in shelters, as well as to promote the voluntary incorporation of the owners of agricultural fields who are concerned about providing a decent area for their workers.
In this context, the Validation of Health-Promoting Agricultural Shelters program is a strategy that aims to improve the health conditions of migrant agricultural day laborers and their families at the place of destination; that is, in the agricultural fields where they are hired to work.
These spaces are constantly visited by a government agency where health events are organized with modules that offer vaccination services, timely detection of diabetes, and hypertension, family planning, identification of family and gender violence, detection of HIV/AIDS, oral health, handling of agrochemicals, among many other services to ensure their optimal living conditions.
This distinction is achieved in conjunction with the Company’s Medical Team, Social Work, and personnel from the coordination of the Secretary of Health.
Agroindustrias Tombell. Part of Grupo Chaparral is a successful agricultural operation with operations dating back to the 1960s. They currently operate 3 agricultural units that are an example at the international level in terms of productivity, quality, safety, and social responsibility.