Updated April 15, 2020
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the daily life of Canadians and many across the globe. CSIH would like to recognize the tremendous work being done by all health professionals, health services support staff, and essential workers in keeping our communities safe and healthy in these unprecedented times.
The current health crisis brings into sharper focus the issues that our global health community already engages in:
- Recognizing that women are on the frontlines of the crisis, and that more women should be included in global health decision-making processes and public discourse;
- Understanding health systems as foundational to protecting human life, and the importance of health systems strengthening activities in mitigating adverse health consequences;
- Ensuring that everyone, everywhere – especially most vulnerable populations – have timely access to quality health care.
We are committed to doing our part to stem this pandemic. CSIH continues to monitor all credible sites and share sources for current information on COVID-19; we continue to heed the advice of our government health experts and encourage others to do the same. CSIH staff will strive to maintain ongoing programming while adhering to safe work practices such as working remotely and practicing physical distancing. We recognize that this is a critical time for knowledge exchange and sharing the wealth of experiences and expertise that our community has. While our programming is ongoing, we will be revisiting events that had been planned and advising our members, partners, and stakeholders of any changes to timing or format that are needed to keep us all safe.
We urge everyone to do their part in these challenging times. Please refer to your local public health departments for information about how your community is being affected, and follow the guidance and directives provided by the Government of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization.