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As we emerge from the first wave, it’s time to take stock and prepare for an uncertain future. We know we can act collectively to “flatten the curve” of transmission, and that we can live physically distanced in the “new normal”.

As we emerge from the first wave, it’s time to take stock and prepare for an uncertain future. We know we can act collectively to “flatten the curve” of transmission, and that we can live physically distanced in the “new normal”.
We have learned how interconnected our world is as the virus skipped from one country to the next, and how the virus’ largest toll is on the most vulnerable – the poor, people with health conditions, those living and working in settings where physical distancing is not possible, and frail seniors in long term care. We have seen that the pandemic has had a much greater impact on women, as essential service workers, caregivers and community leaders around the world.
We know the pandemic requires a global response. Health care investments only within our borders will not protect us from the next wave of COVID-19, which is sure to come. Canadians have the opportunity to build back a better world: helping the global south build strong health-care systems, address extreme poverty, and build self-sustaining economies.
We must support locally-led solutions, by grants, and support the critical role of women-led organizations in this response effort.

Pat Dolan
AYLMER