In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, countries around the world are scrambling to source adequate medical supplies to brace for a surge of patients who will need care. Currently, Canada only has 15 ventilators for every 100,000 individuals; a staggeringly low number. Even more alarming is that Jamaica has 69 ventilators for the entire country of 3 million people. Only 8 of those are appropriate for children.
While Canada is aggressively working to address the shortage of medical supplies, many countries are not able to easily source these life-saving supplies.
Food For The Poor Canada remains committed to helping communities across the Caribbean and Latin America by responding to this crisis with a two-fold approach. Our in-country partners have identified a dire need for ventilators to prepare for the virus and we must ensure that regular shipments of food and medical supplies are not impacted or halted during this time.
We are working with our partners to source ventilators that can be used in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to help heal patients severely affected by Covid-19. Furthermore, we know that hundreds of schools, churches and community centres rely on consistent food deliveries through FFPC, so these shipments are even more important at this critical time.
This is a time to stick together as a global community, to unite and commit to the health and wellbeing of ALL community members. Please donate today and support Food For The Poor Canada’s mission to help families in Latin America and the Carribean during this crisis.