Helen’s Daughters, a non-profit organisation, with a special focus on rural women’s economic development, will today team up with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Bureau of Health Education and the St. Lucia Renal Association for the first in a series of free health and wellness fairs in rural communities.
This event will be in commemoration of International Women’s Day and World Kidney Day and will be held at the Fond Assau Combined School in Fond Assau, Babonneau from 12:00-4:00 p.m. today.
This series of health and wellness fairs is positioned to lead a national message in response to the many health issues associated with unhealthy lifestyles crippling the island. These include but are not limited to lack of physical activity, poor diet, and lack of access to affordable health care. It is also intended to pay homage to women in rural areas who toil to provide for their families whilst putting their health and wellness aside.
The Free Health and Wellness Fair will comprise several activities including: Blood pressure, blood sugar, and urine testing; Breast exams; Nutritionist and fitness coach on site and the administration of Covid-19 vaccines.
These Rural Fairs will run every quarter and will cover the North, South, East and West of the island and each community chosen will be a farming or fishing community. Helen’s Daughters has been on a mission to amplify the role of agriculture and women (in the industry) in Saint Lucia and the region, while also tackling issues of non-communicable diseases and St. Lucia’s overall health and wellness. This series of Rural Fairs is the start of a number of community programmes set to roll-out this year.