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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.
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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.
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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.
- (English) Protecting Medical Staff in Syria - (English) 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.
- (English) Helping prevent the spread of illness and disease in Syria - (English) 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.
- (English) Hygiene Support to those Displaced by Conflict in Syria (completed) - (English) 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
- (English) Reducing The Transmission of COVID-19 at University Hospital of Mirebalais - (English) 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.
- Haiti Covid-19 Hygiene Support - 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.