Poverty makes you sick. Mental health problems are increasing in our community. However, stigma and lack of resources will prevent us from asking for help most of the time. Africans in the Caribbean and Black Canadians are four times more likely to catch diabetes, cataracts, and many other diseases. One in seven people living with HIV in Canada comes from CBA, while we make up only 3% of the population. Research shows that we are suffering from the ‘Healthy Immigrant Effect’. This means that our health, which is higher than that of the average Canadian, begins to deteriorate 5 years after our arrival in Canada. This is due to several factors resulting from racism and discrimination.

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