Tippy Tap Training, Haiti
Global Handwashing Day is October 15th. The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, and the message about the importance of hand hygiene has never been more important than in 2020.
Handwashing is one of the most important ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 but it requires both knowledge and resources. Especially in times of pandemics, new cracks and holes in systems are magnified and more easily identified as gaps or barriers to infection prevention. Haiti, already the poorest country of the Western hemisphere, was chronically unprepared to deal with the arrival of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) is working with partners in Haiti to help bridge identified gaps that are currently impeding communities from strengthening their public health and healthcare to adapt to COVID-19.
Designated as a COVID-19 treatment site by the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP), the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) in the Artibonite Valley activated its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan, which includes providing sanitary solutions to offset the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the local community.
These solutions include teaching households in local communities how to build “tippy taps”, which are hand-washing devices made up of a container that is filled with water and tipped with a stick and rope tied to the container, enabling contact-free handwashing. CMF is supporting HAS with the installation of Tippy Tap stations as well as community handwashing stations which will impact and service over 20,000 people in the local region.
Working together, supporting each other, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.
Congratulations to CMF Trustee, Dr. Karen Breeck, the recipient of the Federation of Medical Women in Canada’s 2020 May Cohen Award!
The May Cohen Award is presented annually to the Federation of Medical Women in Canada (FMWC) member that best personifies the legacy of Dr. May Cohen and her unique ability to transfer the FMWC vision into living action in support of women physicians and women’s health.
A past President of the FMWC and member for almost 35 years, retired military physician Dr. Breeck credits the FMWC with teaching her the importance of mentoring and networking, political advocacy, the importance of civilian Canadian medical professions and sex and gender specific medicine.
“My advocacy work that continues focusing on military women’s unmet health care needs really is a culmination of all these various experiences from the FMWC. So although I never worked directly with or for May Cohen, she has had a major impact on my life. So to be given an award named in her honour is something deeply personal fulfilling to me.” ~ Dr. Karen Breeck
Learn more about Dr. Breeck’s distinguished career here: https://medicalfoundation.ca/en/our-board/
Learn more about women’s rights trailblazer Dr. May Cohen here: Women’s Health Trailblazer: Dr. May Cohen, MD’55
Read Dr. Breeck’s acceptance speech from the October 3, 2020 FMWC AGM. Dr. Breeck’s speech.
Whoever you are and wherever you live, correct hygiene is a foundational step required to help stop the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. However, even in Canada there are those who can’t purchase hand hygiene essentials for themselves.
At the mental health unit of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), where staff offers innovative services for treatment and support for those impacted by mental health and substance use issues, hygiene is a constant concern and nurses have been purchasing hygiene products for patients with their own funds. Every new case of COVID-19 is enough to reignite an outbreak, and that is why CMF is working with partners in Canada to help address gaps and barriers to infection prevention that are identified by communities.
At the VIHA Mental Health Unit, one of the nurses heard about the work of one of our partners, Soap for Hope, and reached out for help. With the support of a small grant from the Canadian Medical Foundation, our partner was able to provide jugs of products for them to have on the ward. Once patients were released, they were given Hygiene Kits (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and soap) plus we were able to provide combs, chapstick and deodorant.
Working together so that we can all be safe!
With particular expertise in the health-care sector, Tom has been CEO of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ontario Dental Association; an independent director of Centric Health Corporation; Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Administration with OMA; Managing Director of Community Telephone Health Management Co.; a Senior Vice President with Commercial Union Assurance; and Director of HR with McDonnell Douglas.
Tom joins a 10-member Board of distinguished individuals who are responsible for the governance of the CMF. To learn more about Tom and our other Trustees, please click here Board of Trustees.
Listen to youth leaders, including CMF Trusteee Dr. Yipeng Ge, Youth Delegate for Canada, World Health Assembly (WHA73) speaking on youth leadership. Watch Dr. Yipeng Ge speaking at the 50:10 mark Youth Leadership video.
Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) donors have raised more than $150,000 to provide earthquake relief in the form of medical outreach to Nepal, following the devastating earthquake this spring.
The Canadian Medical Foundation has leveraged the Government of Canada’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to see a majority of these donations matched to provide additional funds directly to Nepal in this time of need.
The funds raised by the CMF will be used to provide medical support and supplies directly to Nepal, through partnerships with Médecins Sans Frontières Canada, Health Partners International of Canada and Team Broken Earth.
Médecins Sans Frontières Canada is using the funds to provide medical aid and supplies to those located in isolated villages in Nepal.
Health Partners International of Canada is using the funds to provide essential medicines and medical supplies in the form of “travel packs” to those in Nepal who are challenged in reaching a hospital.
Team Broken Earth is sending the funds to Patan Hospital in Nepal to be used for medical supplies and medical care.
The CMF continues to accept donations for Nepal Earthquake Relief. Donations can be made on our website, here: https://medicalfoundation.ca/en/donate-now/ Please indicate in the notes section, that you would like your donation directed towards Nepal.