The coronavirus is affecting every aspect of life here in Canada and around the world. But the consequences of its spread are not felt equally.
As Canada determines how best to move forward amid COVID-19, we're calling on Canadians to raise their voice in solidarity with the world's most vulnerable children and families who face devastating consequences as the virus advances:
- COVID-19 could prove destructive in countries with under-equipped hospitals, a shortage of health professionals, and conflict. While wealthy countries have upwards of 120 hospital beds per 10,000 people, the poorest countries have as few as one bed per 10,000.
- Children and families living in refugee camps and other fragile places are at risk of being pushed deeper into vulnerability by COVID-19's spread. A World Vision report found as many as 30 million children's lives are at risk from secondary health impacts as resources are diverted to contain COVID-19.
Beyond supporting Canadian citizens, we need your voice in affirming the Government of Canada's commitments to fight COVID-19 globally, and to encourage a response that prioritizes girls, boys and families on the margins of our world. We won't defeat COVID-19 at home unless we defeat it everywhere.