Greatest Need

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The CMF has supported a wide variety of charitable programs and organizations over it’s thirty-year history, such as financial aid for medical students, medical outreach internationally, and research and programming to address physician wellbeing such as the co-creation of the Canadian Physician Health Institute (CPHI).

In 2020 alone the CMF spent $1,380,392 on charitable programming. None of it would have been possible without generous donors from across Canada who invest in our mission – we are deeply grateful.

If you wish to support our work in 2021, consider contributing towards “greatest need” and we will use your funds towards our most immediate priorities.

In 2021 our specific areas of focus are indigenous bursaries and COVID-19 infection prevention.

Click here to learn more about these campaigns and contribute.

 

COVID-19 & Infection Prevention in Canada

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Whatever the community, wherever in the world, frequent and correct hand hygiene helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. However, across the globe and even in Canada, some communities and families might face challenges to assuring all members can prevent the spread of infections.

In Canada, vulnerable communities are more at risk of getting an infection and developing severe complications due to their health, social and economic circumstances. Especially in times of pandemics, cracks and holes in systems are magnified and more easily identified as gaps or barriers to infection prevention.

Communities understand best what their own highest priority and immediate needs are, and knowledge is best transferred in culturally appropriate and sensitive ways as defined by the end users and the community being served, so the Canadian Medical Foundation is working with partners in Canada to close some of those gaps that can lead to the spread of COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 & Infection Prevention outside of Canada

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Whatever the community, wherever in the world, frequent and correct hand hygiene helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. However, across the globe communities may (for reasons of geography, social determinants of health or political situations) lack the access to knowledge and/or resources to most ensure effective and universal handwashing to prevent the spread of diseases and viruses like COVID-19.

Every community might face slightly different challenges to assuring all members can prevent the spread of infections. Especially in times of pandemics, new cracks and holes in systems are magnified and more easily identified as gaps or barriers to infection prevention.

Gaps can include lack of access to resources such as potable water, soap and/or approved disinfectants. For caregivers and health care providers, required resources may also include personal protective equipment (PPE).

Communities understand best what their own highest priority and immediate needs are, and knowledge is best transferred in culturally appropriate and sensitive ways as defined by the end users and the community being served, so the Canadian Medical Foundation is working with partners outside of Canada to close some of those gaps that can lead to the spread of COVID-19.

CMF Bursaries for Indigenous Medical Students

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In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report that highlighted some of the disparities in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, including an infant mortality rate ranging from 1.7 to over 4 times the non-Indigenous average and a diabetes rate nearly twice as high among

Indigenous people compared to non-Indigenous aged 45 and older. The Commission also called upon governments to act towards increasing the number of Indigenous healthcare workers in Canada.

According to Canada’s 2016 Census of Population, more than 1.67 million people in Canada (4.9% of the population of Canada) self-identified as an Indigenous person and yet less than one percent (760) of the 93,985 specialists and general practitioners in Canada identify as Indigenous.

Indigenous peoples face significant barriers to post-secondary education. As a result, far fewer First Nations, Métis, and Inuit in Canada have a university degree than non-Indigenous Canadians. Achieving a medical degree is an even steeper climb due to a variety of factors, one of which is financial.

CMF is working with Indspire, a national Indigenous charity, to bridge that gap through the establishment of Indspire’s only bursary focused on future physicians going to any medical school in Canada. With the support of funding partners like CMF, Indspire provides financial support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students across Canada to assist them in completing their post-secondary education.

Bursaries like CMF’s Bursaries for Indigenous Medical Students are matched by the Government of Canada, allowing Indspire to be double the impact for students.

The “Calls to Action” envisioned a role for all Canadians in improving health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Education is vital to the reconciliation process. Together with our Indigenous partners and generous Canadian donors we can do our part and help increase the number of Indigenous physicians in Canada.

Donate now towards CMF’s Bursaries for Medical Students for which Indspire will be able to secure government funding to double your impact.

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