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CMA Foundation commits $20 million for COVID-19 response

In recognition of the exceptional pressures facing health care today, this funding will be allocated to support urgent needs within the health care system.
By: Greggory Clark
April 21, 2020
Image courtesy of CMA Foundation

In a press release today, the CMA Foundation announced a commitment of over $20 million, one of the largest COVID-19 donations in Canada to date.

In recognition of the exceptional pressures facing health care today, this funding will be allocated through targeted grants to support urgent needs within the health care system, including:

  • $5 million granted to the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine's COVID-19 pandemic response and impact program

  • $5 million allocated to the Frontline Fund for Healthcare Workers which will benefit hospital and health care workers across Canada

  • $5 million set up as a fund by the CMA Foundation to benefit community hospitals

  • $250,000 granted to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins sans frontières COVID-19 Crisis Fund

  • More than $5 million will be granted to 17 medical schools to address financial hardships experienced by medical students and residents in the context of COVID-19

Today's announcement builds on the work underway at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) which is focused on supporting physicians and medical learners s they rally together to address the pandemic.

"We want to take this opportunity to thank Canada's physicians and health care providers for their courage and dedication," says Allison Seymour, CMA Foundation President.

"Canada's physicians and health care providers are responding to COVID-19 in a challenging environment... and many unknowns affect their daily work." "We hope that through this significant donation we can have an impact that accelerates the efforts of the frontline across Canada as it responds to the threat of COVID-19."

Source: CMA Foundation

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