Health Clinic opens to offer vulnerable refugees a better start in
TORONTO, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - Tomorrow the Christie Refugee Health Clinic
will open its doors offering on-site health services to more than 175
refugee families who stay at the shelter each year. Partnering with Dr.
Meb Rashid and Dr. Jim Sugiyama, the Clinic will focus on comprehensive
health care and preventative services. The on-site clinic at Christie
Refugee Welcome Centre where the patients already feel welcomed, safe
and accepted will help to eliminate the overwhelming barriers
confronted by this vulnerable population.
"I strongly believe that having a presence at the shelter site
facilitates access to health care for this population", says Dr. Meb
Rashid, who has extensive experience in multicultural and refugee
health." Jim and I are confident that providing such services will
enhance the health of newly arrived refugees at the Welcome Centre and
facilitate their integration into Canadian society."
There currently exist tremendous gaps in providing preventative
interventions for newly arrived refugees. For example, recent studies
have found more than 30 per cent of adult refugees are susceptible to
vaccine preventable illnesses and more than 40 per cent may have latent
Tuberculosis infections. Many refugees have endured immense trauma and
the consequences often manifests post arrival in Canada.
"The Health Clinic will compliment the existing services offered to
refugees at the Christie Street site," says Linda Moorcroft, Executive
Director. "Giving a good start to refugee families is our primary goal
at the Centre. The gift of health will give families a better chance as
they begin their lives in Canada."
About Christie Refugee Welcome Centre
Christie Refugee Welcome Centre offers emergency shelter and settlement
services to refugee families. The 70-bed shelter offers a wide range of
basic needs and settlement services.
Please visit www.christiestreetrc.com for more information on Christie Refugee Welcome Centre.
SOURCE CHRISTIE REFUGEE WELCOME CENTRE
For further information: For further information:
Linda Moorcroft, Executive Director, Christie Refugee Welcome Centre, office: (416)588-9277 ext 24, cell: (416)258-4347, Linda_Moorcroft@christiestreetrc.com; Dr. Meb Rashid, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Jim Sugiyama, email@example.com.