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.
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.
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