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The Canadian Tamil Medical Association (CTMA) is a Canadian registered charity of health care professionals, scientists, and scholars of Tamil descent. This volunteer organization was founded in 1998. Over the years, our organization has embarked on several medical, dental, and humanitarian projects to affected communities in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Notably, a team of CTMA physicians, dentists and nurses visited Sri Lanka on medical relief missions in 2003 and 2004 during the height of the civil conflict. Two more medical teams were sent in early 2005 for the tsunami affected Eastern region of Sri Lanka.
We have also funded several health care projects in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. CTMA is committed to improving health care education with yearly health forums and community wellness programs.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Our organization, the Canadian Tamil Medical Association (CTMA), was founded by a handful of medical professionals in 1998. Since then we have grown to an organization of more than 100 members strong. We celebrate our 20th anniversary this year.
Together, we have accomplished so much over our two decades of giving. The funds we have raised have made a difference in the lives of Tamil communities in Canada and Sri Lanka, providing critical access to health care services.
I want to let you know about an important new initiative that CTMA is undertaking in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) this year. Recently, the GTA has seen an increase in suicide rates in migrant populations, particularly those affected by trauma. Factors that have contributed to this include a deficit in culturally sensitive services, difficulty accessing resources, language barriers, and a lack of awareness.
On November 11th, 2018 the CTMA will be hosting our annual gala event—Lights of Healing—in support of GTA mental health initiatives, collaborating with other mental health providers. The funds raised will focus on increasing resources and improving access in communities impacted by traumatic events and those suffering from mental illness.
Watch for more information coming soon about the gala. I hope you’ll join us that evening. We can all be proud of CTMA’s tradition of service.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Dr. Bahe Rajendran