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The DUDES' Club

An innovative health service model for marginalised inner-city men living with or at risk of HIV infection in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside - one of Canada's most impoverished neighbourhoods.

Key Facts

Project: 
The DUDES' Club

Run by:
Vancouver Native Health Society

Region:
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, one of Canada's most impoverished neighborhoods

Population:
Marginalised inner-city men, mostly of Aboriginal ethnicity, living with or at risk of HIV infection

Challenges:
Stigma and discrimination; poor education; poverty and unstable housing; injection drug use; mental illness

Activities:
Bi-weekly group meetings focussing on peer-support-driven men's health education, traditional storytelling, and male-oriented recreation