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.
- Protecting Medical Staff in Syria - We are pleased to announce our partnership with the UOSSM Canada to immediately provide vital hygiene supplies and protective equipment to medical and non-medical staff working in medical facilities in Northwest Syria.
- Helping prevent the spread of illness and disease in Syria - Through CMF’s Stop the Gaps Program, our project with GlobalMedic will support the needs of families living in camps in northwest Syria by providing them with Family Emergency Kits (FEKs) which have been developed as a holistic solution to serve multiple needs faced by families in crisis.
- Hygiene Support to those Displaced by Conflict in Syria (completed) - As part of a special Close the Gaps initiative to help prevent, limit, and stop the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, CMF partnered with the Molham Volunteering Team to provide vital hygiene supplies and facemasks to households in Azaz area, located in northern Aleppo governorate, Northwest Syria
- Reducing The Transmission of COVID-19 at University Hospital of Mirebalais - Improving sanitation facilities in the hospital's COVID-19 patient areas to create a healthier hospital environment and reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission for both staff and patients.
- Improved Hygiene at Hopital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti (Project Completed) - 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.