La population québécoise est majoritairement francophone. En contraste, les francophones habitant dans les autres provinces et les territoires vivent dans des communautés minoritaires. Plus d’un million de Canadiens vivant à l’extérieur du Québec ont déclaré le français comme langue maternelle (Statistique Canada, 2012). Ces francophones en situation minoritaire font face à des défis relatifs aux services de santé, notamment l’accès, l’offre active et la qualité de services en français.
In July and August 2015, I completed a medical volunteer trip in Lima with the organization International Volunteer HQ. I wanted to experience a different health care system and practice my skills as a nursing student. In Peru, poverty creates a large barrier from accessing healthcare for a significant portion of the population. To increase access to care, the government of the Callao region has installed a “clinibus” program which I was involved in. It consists of a bus that travels to different areas providing specialist care. The government covers the cost of visits and most medications; however many clients do not follow the prescribed treatment. During my time in Peru, I observed a lack of information on how to administer treatments, limited understanding of the importance of routine treatment, and distrust of health care professionals.