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Popular sexual-health program geared to immigrant women in jeopardy

posted Jan 12, 2012, 10:43 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 10:43 AM ]
joe friesen From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2012 3:00AM EST

For more than 20 years, the white and pink Winnebago has brought sexual-health services to immigrant women where they live and work.

The 10-metre-long mobile home delivers a doctor, an examination room and translation services to women who are often poor, lack health coverage and for reasons of work, transportation or cultural restrictions within the family have trouble getting medical care. Other cities have looked to the sexual-health bus as a model. But the budget crunch imposed by Mayor Rob Ford at Toronto’s City Hall has prompted the city’s public health agency to propose a $200,000 cut to the agency that runs the bus, putting the service at risk. The proposed cut amounts to roughly 25 per cent of the Immigrant Women’s Health Centre’s city funding.

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