“Improving Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Atlantic Canada”
Everyone deserves access to the care they need to lead happy and healthy lives. This rings especially true for underserved communities such as 2SLGBTQI+, Indigenous and racialized communities, newcomers, women, and youth. These groups often face barriers in accessing culturally safe, relevant, equitable, and stigma-free health services. Fortunately, a recent announcement from the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, promises to address these issues.
Funding from the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Fund will support projects led by the Sexual Health Nova Scotia Society and the Association of New Canadians to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services for these communities across Atlantic Canada.
#### Supporting Underserved Communities
The projects aim to reduce barriers to care and improve access to vital SRH services by developing resources that enhance health care providers’ capacity to deliver these services. They are part of Health Canada’s commitment to improve access to SRH care for people in Canada who face the greatest barriers to access.
#### Goal of the Projects
The SUGAR Health Registry and Warmline project by Sexual Health Nova Scotia and the SRH Education and Care project by the Association of New Canadians are designed to address the unique needs of those who are underserved or face multiple barriers within mainstream health systems. Both projects aim to provide support to all Nova Scotians in accessing the necessary care.
The right to access safe and relevant SRH services is a fundamental human right. That’s why it’s heartening to see the Government of Canada supporting these initiatives and believing in the importance of enabling everyone to access the care they need. Hopefully, these projects are just the beginning of a larger movement to make health care services more accessible for all communities in Canada. Let’s hope that this is a step towards building a more inclusive and equitable healthcare system.