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Doctors Without Borders Assisting with COVID-19 Testing and Mobile Health Clinics for Migrant Farm Workers in Immokalee

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A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile testing and health clinic in Immokalee, Florida, designed to address some of the unmet health needs of the large community of migrant farmworkers in the area during the COVID-19 outbreak. The clinics are open to all other community members in the area as well. The waiting area is set up to ensure people remain at a safe distance from each other.

Doctors Without Borders normally operates in about 60 countries around the world, often ones that are famine-stricken or war-torn. But since the new coronavirus started spreading they’ve also been in the United States with teams in New York City, Chicago, and most recently the Navajo Nation Reservation.

They are collaborating with local partners including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the Braden Clinic, and the Florida Department of Health in Collier County. They are also providing non-coronavirus medical consultations through mobile “virtual” medical clinics.

To get the latest on their efforts and what the overall scene is like in Immokalee right now we’re joined by the project coordinator, Dr. Adi Nadimpalli, and Adrian Alcantar, an Immokalee resident who is working with the team as a logistician.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.