Families living in war-torn countries do not have the luxury of staying home in self-isolation, social distancing, or washing their hands with soap.
At the hospitals that are still functioning in Yemen, Syria and Gaza, ventilators and even beds are scarce.
More than 15 million families bracing for the COVID-19 pandemic across these regions have access to fewer than 1,700 ventilators and beds, says a new report from Save the Children.
International Development Minister Karina Gould announced last week that Canada would contribute $50-million to the World Health Organization and other bilateral aid as a part of a $1-billion coronavirus response package. Some of the funding, Ms. Gould said, has been allocated to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.