Welcome to Refugee Health - Vancouver

Refugee Health Vancouver is a practical resource to support clinicians who provide care to refugees in British Columbia.

Need a patient handout on diabetes in Farsi? Looking for a Spanish-speaking dentist in Vancouver who offers reduced fees? Not sure what convention refugees are, why they would flee Myanmar, or how you can bill to care for them? This site pulls together the answers for you.

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Refugee Categories

There are two major categories of refugees in Canada:

  1. Refugees resettled from overseas

  2. Refugee Claimants

Individuals overseas and those claiming refugee status in Canada are generally successful in receiving refugee status if they fall into one of these two categories:

  1. 1951 UNHCR Convention Refugee definition

    • Individuals who cannot return to their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group such as women or those defined by sexual orientation.
  2. Persons in Need of Protection definition

    • An individual who is afraid to return to his or her country because of the risk of torture, risk to life, risk of cruel or unusual treatment or punishment.

Key Points:

  • One of Africa’s largest countries, the Congo is tremendously rich in natural resources. These resources have been violently fought over for decades.

  • Between 1998-2003 one of Africa’s most destructive civil wars ensued.

  • Internationally these years have been dubbed ‘Africa’s World War’.

  • Ongoing conflict continues primarily in Congo’s Eastern provinces.

  • The Congo currently hosts the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission.

  • Sexual violence is commonly used as a tactic of war, subjecting women to rape by multiple perpetrators, mutilation, and public humiliation.

 

Background:

The Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, is one of central Africa’s most conflicted countries. It is the third largest country in Africa, with Sudan and Algeria leading in size. The Congo is a vast country with immense natural resources. This tremendous mineral wealth has fuelled violent conflict by opposing powers for decades. Congo is currently enduring a humanitarian crisis. Congo’s persistent conflict has pitted government officials against rebels, many of whom are supported by Uganda and Rwanda. In 2003 a peace treaty and the formation of a transitional government promised a road to recovery for war torn Cong

Written by Allison Henderson MD and Kimberly Rutherford MD (May 5, 2011)
Reviewed/updated by Martina Scholtens MD CCFP (August 11, 2016)

Patient Handouts

Translated educational handouts on health issues.

Other Patient Handout Catalogues

Settlement (Orientation, Screening, Legal)

Child Health & Parenting, Other Patient Handout Catalogues

Anemia

Mental Health

Women's Health & Pregnancy

General Medical

Diabetes, Nutrition & Lifestyle

Child Health & Parenting

Diabetes, Nutrition & Lifestyle, Anemia

Infectious Disease

Community Resources

Dentists, physiotherapists and other community resources who speak other languages, accept IFH or offer reduced fees.

Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Midwifery
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal, Parenting, Cross cultural mental health
Optometry
Parenting
Parenting
Settlement, Cross cultural mental health
Parenting
Podiatry + orthotics
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Parenting
Disability
Disability
Dentistry
Settlement, Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Settlement
Legal
Recreation
Recreation
Physiotherapy
Legal
Lab/radiology
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Settlement
Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Settlement, Parenting, Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Physiotherapy
Pharmacy
Physiotherapy
Podiatry + orthotics
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Legal
Recreation
Recreation
Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Settlement
Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Parenting
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Pharmacy

Cultural Profiles

An overview of the main countries from which Canada receives refugees, with a focus on political and health issues.