Close the Gaps to Stop the Spread of Infectious Diseases


The Canadian Medical Foundation has been creating a better world by supporting and inspiring philanthropy among physicians since 1987. We have partnered with Canadians and communities in Canada and internationally to improve global health through a variety of charitable programs such as financial aid for medical students, research and programming to address physician well-being, and medical outreach internationally

With the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped our world, our priority focus is the prevention of infectious diseases through projects that address gaps in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) efforts.

Whoever you are and wherever you live, correct hand hygiene is a foundational step required to help stop the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and 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.  Every community in the world might face slightly different challenges to assuring all members have correct hand hygiene practices. And we all know, the virus anywhere, can impact us all everywhere.

Time is of the essence for us all to do whatever we can to help strengthen the prevention and control of infection in communities which may not have access to knowledge or resources without support. Therefore, the Canadian Medical Foundation is working with partners to help close some of these gaps that affect their communities and can, therefore, affect us all.

Often the seemingly smallest interventions can make the largest impact. On this page we will be highlighting some of the work our partners are doing at the community level both in Canada and outside of Canada to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please consider donating towards our Stop the Gaps program and help us continue to work with partners to stop the spread of infection.

We’re all in this together as a global community.

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  • 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.
  • Distributing Critical Hygiene Products - Vulnerable people and those living in remote communities may have trouble obtaining critical hygiene products.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (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) 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) Oral Knowledge Transfer and COVID-19 Prevention - (English) We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre
  • Projects outside of Canada - 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 in many developing countries lack the knowledge or basic facilities at home to properly wash their hands.
  • Projects in Canada - 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 about the work some of our partners are doing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • NE - Whatever the community, wherever in the world, frequent and correct hand hygiene helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
  • (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) 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)