COVID-19 – OUR PRIORITY: ENSURING THE CONTINUITY OF OUR SERVICES. DOCTORS OF THE WORLD ADAPTS ITS SERVICES TO REACH PEOPLE IN VULNERABLE SITUATIONS
Doctors of the World has reorganized its services to ensure continuity of care and support for people in vulnerable situations while supporting collective public health efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing overdose crises.
Doctors of the World is making every effort to support the work of the Regional Public Health Department, Regional Health Authority (VIHA), and community groups to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible for unsheltered folks and those with precarious health status.
MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC IN VICTORIA
Back to fundamentals: outreach nurses
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile clinic services are suspended until further notice to leave room for targeted interventions by our nurses. While practicing Public Health measures of maintaining the physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet), our nurses continue to reach out to people where they are: providing essential supplies, wellness checks, and sharing important health information and resources with our most marginalized community members while adhering to the public health directives (including maintaining two metres physical distancing).
Nurses provide mobile outreach on foot to areas of high need in Victoria to:
- distribute handwashing kits and hygiene supplies
- offer basic wound care materials
- provide harm reduction supplies, naloxone kits and more…
Prevention and promotion for community members organizations
Our Nurse Program Coordinator partners with local organizations and outreach workers to continue to support and serve our most marginalized and vulnerable community members during these dual health crises. She continues to be available to our community partners – the organizations where the Mobile Health Clinic usually provides regular onsite service – to provide support and referral as needed.
For our community partners’ workers and people experiencing homelessness:
You can reach the Doctors of the World nurse coordinator Monday to Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM by phone at (250) 812-4414.