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COVID-19: Wondering about vaccines?

In early 2020, as measures to try to contain the spread of COVID-19 began, many of us had no idea how much our lives were about to change. Physical distancing, remote learning, lockdowns, and wearing masks would soon become a temporary way of life around the world. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel – Health Canada approved vaccines are now being distributed!
 

Contact tracing, a new approach, a new experience

Lok Maya Thapa is the focal person for the Comprehensive Community-Based Health Program in the Khotang District for the Nepal Red Cross Society, she recently shared with us her experiences working during COVID-19.

Friendly Call program brings Canadians together

Could a simple phone call be the cure for loneliness? Loneliness is of course a complex state of being, but many isolated Canadians are finding reprieve from the often overwhelming feeling through friendly phone calls. Although one phone call may not offer a cure, participants in the Canadian Red Cross Friendly Call Program are finding it does open the door to conversation, friendship, and mutual respect. 

Responding to COVID-19 around the world, part 3

As COVID-19 cases soar in many countries, the dreaded ‘second wave’ seems to be upon us. Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies across the globe have never stopped working to provide support during this ongoing crisis and remain on the frontlines of the pandemic response. As needs and information change, here are some examples of how the Red Cross is adapting our work to meet these new realities.

Helping to keep Black communities fed during COVID-19

For some families in Montreal, the African Canadian Development and Prevention Network (ACDPN) is the difference between having a substantial meal or going without. Beyond food, ACDPN provides connection – however, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the group had to adapt how it connects with its communities.

Community grant helps Black women escaping domestic violence

Lisa Ogbole is a survivor of domestic violence, an immigrant, and a woman, but she says one of the most important supports she can provide to Black women who are escaping domestic violence is that she too is Black. In February 2019, Ogbole opened Imani’s Place in Alliston, Ontario.

Community grant helps fund virtual classes for people with autism during COVID-19

It was 11 a.m. when science class started on Monday, August 17. A group of about 15 students was doing what students usually do before class starts: happily chatting about what they did on the weekend. There was nothing out of the usual until you looked closer and noticed the students ranged from a very young age to their senior years, and everyone was taking part in the class from their own home through a videoconferencing app. “It’s good that there are adults, teenagers, and children,” said Gail Berman, a 64-year-old student. This heterogeneous group is connected by a condition that is common to all of them: everyone has autism spectrum disorder.
 

Wilson Restrepo, medical specialist and leader of a Red Cross team deployed in a long-term care facility

The Canadian Red Cross has been mandated by the government to provide vital support to long-term care facilities (CHSLDs). The organization has been hard at work to recruit a humanitarian force, which now counts Wilson Restrepo among its ranks. Here’s his story.
 

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