Scotiabank Community Program

Scotiabank Forms Partnership with Queen’s Health Outreach

Queen’s Health Outreach (QHO) is an entirely university student-run Canadian NGO dedicated to promoting health through needs-based peer education initiatives. The overall purpose of the organisation is to help communities become sustainable by facilitating their own health education programmes. This year, the QHO curriculum consists of physical health, sexual health, substance abuse, mental health, and communication. Each year QHO organises and implements programmes in Belize, Guyana, Kenya, and Canada. QHO aims to improve individual and community health in the local and global communities.

The Guyana QHO team reached Lethem, Georgetown, and New Amsterdam between 1989 and 2012. In 1992, the QHO Georgetown project was initiated under the name: Mobile Rehabilitation Project, but as the medical outreach expanded, it changed its mandate from providing medical and clinical services, to providing health education. Due to this change, in 2006, it was officially renamed Queen’s Health Outreach. QHO has been reaching more and more students every year and achieved a new high, teaching over 1,000 students in 2011. In 2012 QHO’s project introduced a pilot project in Berbice and sent a team of four peer educators to teach in Georgetown.

QHO aims to develop lasting relationships with socially responsible corporations. For this reason, QHO is glad that an organisation such as Scotiabank Guyana decided to support a partnership with QHO.