Canada's doctors ready to care for refugees

OTTAWA, Dec. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and our over 80,000 members are proud to welcome the first of the planned 25,000 men, women and children who have arrived in Canada after having been forced from their homes and displaced either within Syria or in neighboring countries.

As a prosperous nation, Canada has much to offer these individuals who have endured so much hardship.  As they have done throughout our nation's history, Canada's doctors are once again ready to aid in this important national effort.

The CMA is working hard to ensure that our members are informed and ready to provide their services where they are needed most. To support these efforts, the CMA has built a web-based resource to provide information and answers to key questions.

The CMA is also in contact with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and will be updating this webpage as more information becomes available.

The images and stories of the new arrivals to Canada have filled our hearts, but we also know that refugees have often experienced limited access to health care and education prior to their arrival in Canada, due to conflict and long periods in refugee camps. Many have also experienced trauma and violence. The CMA and our members stand ready to provide high-quality care as needed.
— Dr. Cindy Forbes, President, Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians and be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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