Many people from minority ethnic communities not getting access to health services according Cairde. This has been highlighted through the work of their Health Information and Advocacy Centre (HIAC) which Cairde opened earlier this year. In it’s first six months of operation HIAC has dealth with over 1,300 people. Such a demand is clear illustration of the unique and substantial health needs of ethnic minority communities which are not being met by current health services.
HIAC is a one stop shop providing relevant, accurate and culturally appropriate health information and advocacy to individuals and groups from ethnic minority communities. In reality this means assisting people understanding the health services and how they might do such things as finding a GP, going to hospital or seeking payment for their health costs. The Centre is also developing information that can be understood and that ethnic minority communities can relate to given their their different cultural experience.
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