Local residents were offered treatment across multiple disciplines including pediatrics, obstetrics, otolaryngology, urology, dermatology, pain management, ophthalmology and family medicine

Local residents were offered treatment across multiple disciplines including pediatrics, obstetrics, otolaryngology, urology, dermatology, pain management, ophthalmology and family medicine

South Korea's Sae-A Trading, one of the world's largest apparel manufacturers and exporters, has completed its fourth medical mission to Haiti, providing free medical care to thousands of residents in the north of the country.

The latest mission saw 25 medical professionals treat around 2,500 people, and was carried out with the George Washington University School of Nursing, South Korea's Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, and Haiti's The Vision Plus Eye Clinic.

Sae-A also plans to deliver surplus supplies to the clinics and hospitals treating the victims in the areas most affected by the Hurricane Matthew disaster in October.

"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," says Sae-A chairman Woong-Ki Kim.

"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."

This is the fourth medical mission since 2012, and its 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.

Sae-A, which marked its 30th year of operations earlier this year, employs over 60,000 people in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia with exports of apparel and textiles exceeding $1.6bn.

The company is the biggest investor in the Caracol Industrial Park in Haiti, where it has committed US$85m for vertical operations that will provide jobs for 20,000 Haitian workers.

Support for the local community in Haiti includes funding for the S&H Primary School in a neighborhood near the Industrial Park, which opened last September and provides free education to nearly 400 children of many of its garment workers.

The facility will also serve the Caracol-EKAM area by acting as a community centre and hosting social events, along with English and other adult education classes.