The Paediatric Outreach Program (POP) clinic provides paediatric consultation and medical care to infants, children, and adolescent New Canadians who are uninsured/underinsured. Care is volunteered by Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children paediatricians and residents in training from The University of Toronto.

It is a national shame that infants and children living in Canada are denied access to basic and urgent healthcare when they are ill. Failing to fill this healthcare gap means that they go without immunizations, well baby progress visits, treatment for childhood infections, care for cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, Down’s syndrome, sickle cell disease, and more. Now, one in every four patients seeking medical care at POP is a child or youth new to Canada.

CONTACT: +1 (647) 267-2176 EXT. 4

” Ahmed was born in Canada. I am a Canadian citizen. The war in Syria trapped my 4-year-old son and me. Ahmed’s grandfather was terminally ill. We wanted him to see Ahmed for the first time. Soldiers blocked all routes out for our flight home. Each time we tried to leave, we were threatened. The soldiers put guns to our heads. They told us the next time we try to leave they will pull the trigger. After 9 months, we finally escaped and returned to Canada. Ahmed is autistic. He was malnourished and had a severe infection on his face. The walk-in clinic and the hospital ER turned him away because we could not afford to pay first. They told us Ahmed’s OHIP had been cancelled because we had been out of Canada “too long”, and Ahmed’s condition was not life threatening. We all tried to appeal to OHIP but Ahmed’s OHIP card arrived 90 days later.The nurses and doctors at The Centre and POP children’s doctors helped Ahmed, when no one else would”  

For 10 years the volunteer POP team has ensured that Ahmed and other uninsured children and youth receive the medical care and assistance they need.