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A winning approach
In June 2014, Doctors of the World Canada launched a Mobile Health Clinic to provide care to people experiencing homelessness in Montreal, QC. Since then, the Clinic has served nearly 2,500 people each year.
In collaboration with TELUS, Doctors of the World Canada conducted a needs assessment in Victoria, BC in 2016 to identify the gaps in access to healthcare for marginalized people.
Doctors of the World Canada met with institutions and community stakeholders, and conducted focus groups with people in precarious and vulnerable situations. Results indicated that, with our approach and expertise, we could make a significant contribution to the initiatives already in action.
The community workers and organisations we met in Victoria were very open to the approach of Doctors of the World and demonstrated great potential for collaboration.
The needs of marginalized people in Victoria
Doctors of the World Canada conducted a needs assessment in September 2016 in Victoria BC. Findings showed that people who urgently needed support for healthcare services included:
- People with substance use disorder
- People experiencing homelessness
- Indigenous population
- Sex workers
In the context of the province facing a shortage of health care professionals, these marginalized groups face additional challenges when accessing the public health system. Focus groups conducted during the need assessment highlight the lack of culturally and ethnically sensitivity of the public system health providers, posing a significant barrier to marginalized people reaching out for services.
We’re recruiting volunteers
We are seeking physicians and people with a range of expertise to volunteer on board the Mobile Health Clinic.
To become a volunteer, you must first attend an information session.
To find out when the next information session will be, please fill out the form by clicking on the link below. Our volunteer manager will then contact you via email with more information.