With eye toward ultra-vulnerable populations, Canada to provide "essential services" to low-income countries amid COVID-19 outbreak
In early March of 2020, Canada announced US$38 million in funding to help low-income countries tackle COVID-19. Canada has provided new details on this funding and has announced that US$6 million of this funding will immediately be given to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan-American Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
This part of the funding will be used to "respond to the needs of vulnerable populations" in low-income nations dealing with the effects of COVID-19 and will go toward prevention and essential services such as water, sanitation and hygiene services, protection services, emergency health care, and mental health support.
Canada believes that response efforts must take into consideration the fact that women and girls, specifically, are disproportionately impacted by crises.