Cookie-funded social enterprise offers free health checks, breast diagnostic tests for Indonesian domestic workers

Hong Kong-based social enterprise Cookie Smiles is partnering with Adventist Medical Center to provide free health checks and breast diagnostic tests for Indonesian domestic workers. 

As part of the Smile for Health campaign, the social enterprise said that on Aug. 28 and Sep. 25, the medical center – which has two outlets in Causeway Bay and Taikoo Place – will offer health screening services to those foreign domestic workers, which include a visual screening test, consultation with a doctor, laboratory tests such as a pap smear and cholesterol test, and a breast ultrasound if necessary.

To take part in the initiative, workers must download a form and submit it to info@cookiesmiles.com.hk by July 31. 

There are 30 slots available in the first round, Cookie Smiles added.

The social enterprise, which raises funds by selling cookies with unique flavors, said that it has so far fundraised HKD$ 80,000 (US$10,192) for the initiative. Some of the proceeds from other campaigns that it will hold later this year will also go to the initiative. 

Cookie Smiles also said that there are no additional or hidden costs to domestic workers or their employers for this campaign.

“I’m happy to be working with Adventist Medical Center again as a partner to help the domestic helper community. They are a very important part of our lives and often taken for granted,” said Jo Soo-tang, co-founder of Cookie Smiles.

Alex Lan, president and CEO of the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, added that they are confident that the Indonesian community in Hong Kong – the ethnic minority group with the second-largest population in the city – will be able to improve their overall health and well-being through the initiative.


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