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With the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped our world, good hygiene is more important than ever to stop the spread of infection. Even in Canada there are gaps that risk the spread of infectious diseases, especially within vulnerable communities.
The Canadian Medical Foundation is partnering with Soap for Hope in British Columbia to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Personal hygiene products are essential at any time, and they are even more important right now to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But vulnerable people and those living in remote communities may have trouble obtaining these products.
Before the pandemic our partner collected gently used or unused soap and hygiene products from the hotel and accommodation industry that would otherwise be discarded and fill our landfills. Volunteers would then reprocess these useable products to create Hygiene Kits which would be distributed to local shelters, transitional homes, food banks, low income seniors, and other vulnerable or remote communities.
The demand has never been greater from businesses, hospitals, community groups and remote indigenous communities but the supply of used product was drastically reduced with the temporary closure of most hotels. Soap for Hope was also unable to welcome their usual volunteers into the warehouse due to restrictions around COVID-19 and fears around all but essential gathering of groups. Soap for Hope has therefore had to resort to buying products that are often in short supply even in retail stores as consumers are stocking up. Hygiene products for all Canadians are more essential than ever.
CMF is proud to be partnering with Soap for Hope for the purchase and distribution of essential items for the communities of Grand Forks, Cowichan, and Comox British Columbia to help control the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. The products are quarantined for safety before they are delivered.
The virus anywhere can affect us all everywhere. Please consider donating towards our Stop the Gaps program and help us continue to work with partners to stop the spread of infection.
In Haiti, a lack of handwashing resources (clean water, handwashing stations, sanitizer) and misinformation make an already impoverished nation most vulnerable to a coronavirus outbreak.
The Haitian population suffers high levels of diabetes and other health conditions, making residents more vulnerable to the virus, and a major coronavirus outbreak would place an unbearable strain on a collapsing healthcare system.
The Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) is the only 24/7 full-service hospital serving more than 350,000 people in Haiti’s Lower Artibonite Valley. With our support, HAS will install 300 new community hand washing stations and 139 “Tippy Tap” hands-free hand washing stations to support families in our service area. HAS also has the ability to manufacture surface disinfectant that is critically needed for COVID-19 related cleaning. HAS staff can produce 200 gallons per day of surface disinfectant, which is 2.5 times more effective at sanitizing/inactivating pathogens than chlorine/bleach. There is a shortage of bleach and all other surface sanitizers on the local market and internationally. Hospitals and health centers all over Haiti are in dire need. In addition to the hospital’s own needs, with our support HAS can supply hospitals and health centers locally and all over Haiti with high quality cleaning solution for their facilities.
Addressing Hygiene Gaps in Syria
As part of a special initiative to help prevent, limit, and stop the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) is looking for partners with short-term projects and initiatives that address infection prevention. In this round the focus will be Syria.
Syria is a country now in its 10th year of conflict, battling sanctions, economic turmoil, widespread instability, and a broken down healthcare system. According to the UNHCR more than 5.5 million refugees have sought shelter in neighbouring countries, while another 6 million internally displaced Syrians and other vulnerable groups remain in Syria. Most of them live in overcrowded camps with limited access to water and proper sanitation, making maintaining good hygiene impossible for most.
CMF will be issuing a limited number of small grants to help groups address gaps in existing projects or fund new initiatives that will help bridge identified gaps that are currently impeding Syrian communities from strengthening their public health and healthcare response to COVID-19 (i.e. hygiene practices).
Project Location: Syria
Closing date: Second round, November 16, 2020
Grant size: The size of grants will vary according to the gap needs of each project but will not exceed $20,000 Canadian per grant, with most approved grants expected to be in the $5,000 – $10,000 range.
To apply you need to:
You will receive an e-mail confirming that we have received your application.
Criteria for Funding Will Include:
All applications will be reviewed by the Program Development and Projects Committee. The recommendations of this committee will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval at the December 2020 meeting.
As the amount of funds available for round 2 is limited, the number of eligible applications funded is conditional on the number of applications received and amount requested.
Award Start Date:
Given that this opportunity is for timely proposals, you will receive 75% of the grant amount within three weeks of award notification and signing of the MOU, and the remaining amount after project completion or other agreed upon milestone.
Contacts and guidance:
The decisions of the Committee will not be open to appeal and the funders reserve the right to amend the application process.
For queries relating to the grant and process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is “Planned Giving”?
According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), gifts are a voluntary transfer of property without valuable consideration. Allowable gifts include cash, gifts in kind like stocks and real estate, and a right to future payment, such as life insurance proceeds.
“Planned Gifts” are so called because they take some thought and preparation, and because you should consult with a lawyer and your financial planner about them.
Your gift can be a one-time donation, a series of payments over a set period, or ongoing support. Your planned gift may be a “present gift” that can be used now, or a “deferred gift’, that is only available in the future, such as in a will.
Planned giving helps you create a legacy of support for the causes you care about most, and can maximizes your tax and estate planning benefits.
When speaking to your financial advisor, make sure that they are aware of your philanthropic goals, and consider a gift to the CMF today.
For more information, please contact the Canadian Medical Foundation at email@example.com or 613.518.6010.
There are the many ways you can make a lasting impact as part of your legacy.
There are many ways you can fundraise and make a meaningful impact. Create a fundraiser to honour someone special, celebrate a birthday, wedding, or any special occasion.
To start an online fundraiser please visit Fundraise for CMF. If you would like to hold a face to face fundraiser, please contact us and we will provide you with the resources to help you get started and to help make your event a great success!
Please contact Dee Ucci, Development & Communications Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your fundraising idea or for help to get started.
Many companies across Canada match their employees’ charitable contributions. Contact your human resources department to find out if your company matches charitable gifts and to obtain a matching gift application form.
All you have to do is fill out the donor portion of the matching gift application form and send the form to:
Canadian Medical Foundation
720 Bathurst St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
Or scan and email to email@example.com
We will complete the charity portion of the form once it’s received and, we will return the form to your employer. Your employer will then send CMF a donation to match your donation. Both you and your employer will receive an income tax receipt for the donations.
Raise funds for the Canadian Medical Foundation by engaging your community, colleagues, family and friends to donate to your own fundraising campaign.
Community fundraising is one of the most cost-effective revenue sources for CMF. Community fundraising helps reduce fundraising costs, this allows us to allocate more of your donations towards our projects.
There are many ways you can fundraise and make a meaningful impact. You can create an online fundraiser, give through your workplace or school. No fundraising event is too big or too small.
If you are looking for inspiration, we are here to offer ideas, resources and experience to help make your event a great success!
CMF thanks all of those who wish to support us through their fundraising activities. We are grateful for your support.
Every community in the world might face slightly different challenges to assuring all members have correct hand hygiene practices. Especially in times of pandemics, new cracks and holes in systems are magnified and more easily identified as gaps or barriers to infection prevention.
Washing hands with soap and water, repeatedly throughout the day, is a critical basic step in the prevention of infection, but a large percentage of households and institutions in many developing countries lack the knowledge or basic facilities to properly wash their hands. Proper sanitation and hygiene is a challenge even in healthcare settings.
The virus anywhere can impact us all everywhere. The Canadian Medical Foundation is working with partners to close some of those gaps that can lead to the spread of COVID-19.
Read about the work some of our partners are doing. Come back to this page from time to time as we will continue to update and highlight critical projects.