Chiquita Brands International is collaborating with Harris Teeter Inc. and Carolinas HealthCare System to provide medical and computer equipment to communities in three Central American countries.
The three Charlotte, N.C.-based companies are working with the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte to more effectively distribute equipment and supplies to Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, according to a news release from Chiquita.
Harris Teeter and Chiquita are providing free land and sea transportation for the medical equipment. The first set of containers, loaded April 10, will help equip adult and pediatric intensive care units at a regional hospital in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
Chiquita president Ed Lonergan said in the news release that the project fits with the company’s commitment to give back to the communities where its employees live and work.
The project is supervised by Carolinas HealthCare System’s International Medical Outreach Program, which has been working for 50 years to establish sustainable cardiology programs, intensive care units and other health care facilities abroad.
To date, the program has helped thousands of patients in 28 countries, with a focus in Central America. In 2012 it donated 390 pieces of medical equipment, worth $4.1 million, to nearly a dozen countries.