April 20, 2020
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
The Honourable Karina Gould, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Dear Prime Minister and Minister,
As Canada’s global health community, we are writing in strong support of the exemplary global leadership that the Government of Canada has shown in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your recognition that women and girls are disproportionately affected by crisis, and your championing of the health and rights of vulnerable communities worldwide through continued critical health investments and interventions is needed now more than ever.
We, your partners in global health, support your government as you continue to invest and direct funding to protect the health of Canada and a world where viruses and diseases know no borders. We are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and we are here for you to report on the impact of the pandemic and on how we can ensure Canada’s actions can have the greatest impact, including:
Not only is Canadian aid the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. Flattening the global curve of this pandemic early, combined with key gender-responsive investments, will help avoid a second wave of COVID-19 in low-income nations and among extremely vulnerable populations in refugee camps and other fragile contexts, especially women and girls. Then, and only then, can we ensure the health and safety of Canadians and people around the world.
As members of the Canadian global health community, we express our deepest gratitude to the Government of Canada for its unwavering commitment to assisting those that need it most and for paving the way for a more united, resilient, and equitable global community. We, the undersigned, are working on the front lines of this pandemic and will continue to do so in solidarity and in partnership with you and Canada’s international COVID-19 response.