Marfrig announces donation for health care to vulnerable communities in the Amazon
The Company will initially donate R$1 million to an organization that operates a hospital ship. Capacity will increase by 40%.
São Paulo, April 20, 2020 – Marfrig, one of the leading global beef producers, announces the donation of R$1 million to the Association and Fraternity of Saint Francis of Assisi in the Providence of God, which is managed by the Franciscan order. Since 2019, the organization has operated the Pope Francis Hospital Ship, which provides health services to more than 1,000 riverbank communities in the states of Pará and Amazonas.
Marfrig’s donation will enable the hospital ship to expand healthcare services by 40% and to expand coverage to six more municipalities in the two states that are among those most affected by the lack of hospital facilities for treating Covid-19. “The work of the Pope Francis Hospital Ship is fundamental for serving a population that unfortunately is highly underserved in terms of health services and vulnerable to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus,” said Marcos Molina, Marfrig’s founder and chairman of the board.
Funds donated by Marfrig will be allocated to bolster the services and other costs required to keep the organization’s vessel operational, to pay for the canned foods that are distributed to the population assisted and to purchase 2,000 rapid tests for detecting Covid-19 cases in these communities.