HLST 1011- Guest Lecture 3 - HLST 1011 24 November 2019 November 19th Guest Lecture Today’s guest lecturer was Meb Rashid a physician working with

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HLST 1011 24 November 2019 November 19th Guest Lecture Today’s guest lecturer was Meb Rashid, a physician working with “ Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care .” He began the lecture by sharing many different statistics and numbers regarding Canadian immigration status over the years. We made observations on when immigration to Canada peaked and why it did. Dr. Rashid mentioned a fact that I found to be very interesting, and true from my own experience. He said that the health of those immigrating to Canada is usually much better than the health of Canadians. Over time, their health is proven to deteriorate. Dr. Rashid said that nobody knows exactly why this happens but he gave the class an opportunity to share some reasons why they thought this must be. Some people said because the food and culture are much different, while others expressed that they thought it was because
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Unformatted text preview: of a lack of knowledge on and access to healthcare. Dr. Rashid shared that obesity is common amongst immigrants and substance abuse is also looked at as an issue. He then went on to define the term “refugee.” I learned that a refugee is someone who has a well-founded fear of being persecuted in their country due to factors such as their race, religion, or even political opinions. Sometimes these people are left with no choice but to leave their home countries. We learned that Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Somalia the countries with the highest number of refugees. Dr. Rashid went on to speak about government funding cuts that impacted the refugees. He showed videos of physicians standing up for refugees and fighting with politicians for refugee healthcare rights. The remained of the lecture was spent answering questions from audience members....
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