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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. Knowledge is best transferred in culturally appropriate and sensitive ways as defined by the end users and community being served. Resources required include access to potable water, soap and/or approved disinfectants. For caregivers and health care providers, required resources may also include personal protective equipment (PPE).
In Canada, vulnerable communities are more at risk of getting an infection and developing severe complications due to their health, social and economic circumstances.
Read below about the work some of our partners are doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and come back to this page from time to time as we will continue to update and highlight critical projects.
- (English) Oral Knowledge Transfer and COVID-19 Prevention - (English) We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre
- (English) CMF Bursaries for Indigenous Medical Students - (English) Indigenous peoples face significant barriers to postsecondary education. Achieving a medical degree is an even steeper climb due to a variety of factors, one of which is financial.
- (English) Helping prevent infection of frontline healthcare workers - (English) No decontamination kits to properly clean and disinfect reusable face shields are currently marketed in Canada.
- Distributing Critical Hygiene Products - Vulnerable people and those living in remote communities may have trouble obtaining critical hygiene products.
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 (Completed) - (English) We are proud to announce the completion of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Project in Northwest Syria, in partnership with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-Canada (UOSSM Canada)
- (English) Helping prevent the spread of illness and disease in Syria (Completed) - (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 (Completed) - (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.