“2015 was a year of growth and foundation building for us at Food for the Poor Canada,” said Samantha Mahfood, executive director of Food for the Poor Canada. And they are expanding.
“Food for the Poor Canada is a brand name in Jamaica with a reputation for performance, giving and supporting the poor, the needy and the less fortunate,” said Chris Tufton, Jamaica’s minister of health.
Tufton was delivering the keynote address at the Food for the Poor Canada, 4th Annual Thanksgiving Lunch. The event was to celebrate the work of donors and to raise funds for healthcare in Jamaica and towards Haiti’s recovery efforts after being hit by Hurricane Matthew.
The health minister said that healthcare in Jamaica has some gaps and organisations like Food for the Poor are doing their best to bridge that gap.
According to Tufton, going forward, Jamaica’s Ministry of Health will utilize the relationship with Food for the Poor to improve the peoples trust and confidence in the country’s primary healthcare clinics.
A large portion of Jamaicans, “large enough to create a margin” purchase oversees health insurance. “It’s not that they don’t have trust in the doctors,” said he said.
Food for the Poor Canada, in 2015, donated 65 containers of medical supplies, and four months ago, together with the Ministry of Health, they started a process with six healthcare facilities.
“They identified those primary healthcare clinics that are closest to the 24 hospitals and have extended their opening hours, “of course, that means longer hours, more personnel,” said the Health Minister.
While in Canada the Health Minister engaged in discussions with federal and provincial government officials and local investors, regarding developing a framework for partnerships, and national health insurance scheme.