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 PREVALENCE + GENDERED ASPECTS OF COVID-19
Investment Needed: $815,000

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 poised to lead COVID-19 research 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 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

EMERGENCY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: HOME BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORS
Investment Needed: $2,000

20 portable Home Blood Pressure Monitors are urgently needed in order to allow women to measure their blood pressure from the safety of their homes. Readings can be reported by patients to their care team over the phone, ensuring their healthcare needs continue to be met during this time. Donors funded 20 Monitors earlier this year, but due to extended COVID-19 precautions, the need for at-home healthcare solutions persists. These machines are vital for the one-quarter to one-third of patients at BC Women’s Hospital who have associated blood pressure issues during pregnancy. 

INDIGENOUS WOMEN + FAMILIES
Investment Needed: $25,000

The wisdom of Elders is essential during this unprecedented time.

Support new virtual counselling sessions where Elders provide emotional and cultural guidance to Indigenous families receiving care at BC Women’s Hospital.

Your donations will also 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