COVID-19 FUNDS

Three COVID-19 Funds were established to respond quickly and effectively to the emerging needs of women and their communities during this time.

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COVID-19 Fund: Women’s Health Research

THE WOMEN’S HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE’S COVID-19 STUDY
Investment Needed: $125,000

While no one is untouched by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know from past epidemics that the lasting effects will disproportionately affect women.

The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is leading a ground-breaking study titled RESPPONSE (Rapid Evidence Study of a Provincial Population Based Cohort for Gender and Sex). They are examining two important topics: COVID-19’s prevalence in the population of BC; and how sex and gender intersect with the impacts of the public health measures.

Make a donation today to help support this vital research and ensure the pandemic does not exacerbate existing inequities already faced by women in BC.

THE PREGNANCY OUTCOMES OF WOMEN WITH COVID-19 IN BC
Investment Needed: $100,000

Dr. Deborah Money and her research team are undertaking a ground-breaking program of research to fully understand the impacts of COVID-19 in pregnancy.

This research team has established a national network so all provinces can contribute data to provide a picture of the Canada-wide health outcomes of pregnant women and newborns. The findings will impact future care recommendations for pregnant women locally, nationally, and beyond.

Make a donation today to help advance knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their infants.

COVID-19, COMPLEX CHRONIC DISEASE, + CHRONIC FATIGUE

Investment Needed: $247,000

Dr. Luis Nacul is an international renowned researcher and is the Medical and Research Director of the Complex Chronic Disease Program at BC Women’s Hospital. He and his interdisciplinary clinical team and their partners are seeking support to launch innovative, patient centered research projects to answer questions related to COVID-19 and complex chronic diseases. 

With your support, their work will accelerate progress in developing cost-effective treatments for those with complex chronic diseases – and will also shed new light on the best treatments and supports for the growing number of COVID-19 survivors who suffer from long term chronic fatigue.

Make a donation today to advance knowledge about the chronic fatigue impacts of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Fund: Women + Families

WOMEN EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE
Investment Needed: $500,000

Isolation policies create serious challenges for women at risk of violence, and for those trying to provide support services. Funding for virtual communications platforms and direct assistance will allow women’s shelters, transition houses, and organizations across the province to support women who are experiencing violence.

Our Foundation is working collaboratively with the Ending Violence Association of BC to deliver life-saving resources to women as part of a COVID-19 provincial gender-based violence response.

Support women from across the province to get the emergency help they need, when they need it.

COVID-19 Fund: Hospital + Staff

INDIGENOUS WOMEN + FAMILIES
Investment Needed: $25,000

Connection to culture is essential during this unprecedented time.

Support Indigenous families to participate in Holistic Programming while receiving care at BC Women’s Hospital.

Your donations will help to fund the traditional medicines needed for cultural healing ceremonies, and direct aid to families in the form of gift cards for emergency food and clothing.

For more information on our COVID-19 Funds, please contact Carleen Pauliuk, Senior Director of Philanthropy at 778.882.3902 or carleen.pauliuk@bcwomensfoundation.org