A Call to Action to Canada’s Federal Party Leaders Ahead of Global COVID-19 Summit on Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better

A health worker injects the vaccine to students during vaccine program in Cinangka Public High School, Serang, Banten, Indonesia in August 2021.Rosa Panggabean/CARE

The Global COVID-19 Summit, on September 22, on the margins of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, will take place days after Canadians elect a new government. CARE Canada urges all parties to work together now and make bold new commitments that will ensure the pandemic is defeated within the next twelve months, as a priority of the new government.

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CARE / UN Women: Being amongst the most affected by the earthquake, women’s and girls’ meaningful participation and leadership are crucial to an effective and successful humanitarian response

Pamphile Fabiana, a CARE village agent who lives in the town of Latibolière, in the 4th section of Basse Guinaudé, speaks about what she and her community lost in the August 2021 7.2 magnitude earthquake that caused massive loss of life and property in southern Haiti. Fabiana (in pink shirt) is pictured w other members (names not known) of her community near a damaged school in late August 2021. "We have lost all our possessions, such as: our houses, our churches, our schools, our health centers, all our animals, some members of our families are victims, their feet are broken," She said (using Google translate).

Following the 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14, UN Women Haiti and CARE International, in partnership with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women’s Rights, the General Directorate of Civil Protection, and the Humanitarian Country Team’s Special Gender Task Force, developed a Rapid Gender Analysis which aims to provide humanitarian actors with recommendations to address the needs of women and girls to ensure their rights and needs are at the core of recovery and reconstruction efforts.

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Afghanistan: the humanitarian needs have never been greater

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 12: Displaced Afghans from the northern provinces are evacuated from a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to various mosques and schools on August 12, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. People displaced by the Taliban advancing are flooding into the Kabul capital to escape the Taliban takeover of their provinces. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The people of Afghanistan continue enduring one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises, despite the media attention around the evacuation. Some 12.2 million people are facing acute hunger, 3.5 million people are displaced within the country due to drought and insecurity and the pandemic persists.

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