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Mobile Health Clinic Victoria

The situation

 

WHY A MOBILE CLINIC IN VICTORIA? THE SITUATION

In April 2016, the British Columbia Official Health Officer declared a public health emergency, due to the rise in drug overdoses and related deaths. Victoria has experienced the highest number of deaths due to illicit drugs overdose in B.C. Over the last two years.

This alarming situation, in addition to dealing with the Tent City Movement, is overwhelming for the respective provincial and municipal authorities. Governments and local agencies are receptive to solve these issues at multiple levels. The city of Victoria and the Vancouver Island Health Authority hope to find new ways to deal with these urgent issues.

 

THE NEEDS OF MARGINALIZED GROUPS IN VICTORIA

Doctors of the World Canada conducted a needs assessment in September 2016 in Victoria BC. Findings show that people who urgently need support for healthcare services are:

  • People with drug addiction
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Aboriginal population
  • Sex workers

Considering that the province is 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, hindering marginalized people to reach out for services.

 

Our action

A WINNING APPROACH

 

In June 2014, Doctors of the World set up a mobile clinic to provide care to the homeless in Montreal. Since then, the clinic has served nearly 2,500 people a year.

In collaboration with TELUS, Doctors of the World conducted a needs assessment in Victoria to identify the gaps in access to healthcare for marginalized people.

We met with institution and community stakeholders, and conducted focus groups with people in highly precarious and vulnerable situations. Results showed that, with our approach and expertise, we could make a significant contribution to the initiatives already deployed.

The community workers we met in this city were very open to our ideas, showing great potential for collaboration.

 

 

WE’RE RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS

 

We are looking for doctors and people with a range of expertise to welcome people on board the mobile clinic.

To become a volunteer, you will first have to attend an information session.
To find out when the next information session will be, please fill out the form available on the link below.
Our Volunteer Manager will contact you to give you more details.

Complete the form to attend an information session

 


 

ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH TELUS

Since the beginning of the Mobile Health Clinic of MdM was enriched by the extraordinary expertise from TELUS and TELUS Health. Telus shares our passion for innovation, striving for flexibility to respond better to populations faced by multiple challenges.

The Mobile Health Clinics are equipped with electronic medical record (EMR) technology and TELUS LTE Wi-Fi network technology to assist onboard healthcare providers in delivering immediate and quality care. The vehicles include an examination area, a computer workstation for healthcare providers, and a consultation area.

This partnership now unites the mission of commitment and social responsibility of TELUS to the mission Doctors of the World. TELUS has become our most important
technological, financial and logistic partner.

 

 

 

Our Impact

Considering challenges faced by marginalized and vulnerable populations in accessing health care services, Doctors of the World Mobile Clinic is a significant move to reach out in a time and location where it is most needed.

In line with BC province health measures and their strategic plan, the MdM Mobil Health Clinic will go on in areas where no services exist and where the most vulnerable populations are found.

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