VIDEO: The Van

Whether they speak Urdu or Korean, for immigrant women in Toronto the name on the pink and white Winnebago means the same in all languages — a place of hope, and a service that can quite literally save their lives.

The Immigrant Women’s Health Centre has run its mobile sexual health clinic for immigrant women in the city since 1980, providing services such as breast exams and Pap tests. The nine-metre vehicle has a female doctor and translator on board, and is fitted with waiting and examination rooms.

I produced a short video for the Toronto Star on what the clinic does and why it’s invaluable to immigrant women in the city.