Health & Mental Health
South Fraser RRT core members have identified numerous challenges for refugees and displaced Ukrainians in accessing health care and mental health services throughout the region.
This includes language barriers and interpretation, trauma and culturally informed services, waitlists, barriers accessing the Medical Services Plan (MSP) and challenges navigating the health system. As well, the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugees, protected persons and refugee claimants is not universally accepted.
These unmet health care and mental health needs for refugees and displaced Ukrainians require responsive and culturally and trauma-informed approaches.
These needs are exasperated because of difficulties in accessing resources in countries of origin with current situations in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine.