As charities across the globe consider the effects of COVID-19 on the individuals and families they support as well as the impact to their operations, the MS Society of Canada voiced these concerns in a recent letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
As outlined in the letter, Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world — a population facing considerable risk with COVID-19 due to the immune suppressant drugs typically used to manage their MS. Already we are seeing the impact of COVID-19 on the daily lives of Canadians affected by MS. Coupled with this impact are the challenges they already face, including financial troubles and barriers in accessing appropriate care.
The letter requests support to allow health charities to continue providing programs for vulnerable populations during this pandemic as was also outlined by our partners within the Health Charities Coalition of Canada. This includes specific measures aimed at supporting people living with MS.
Canadians affected by MS are at the heart of everything we do. Our work to support Canadians affected by MS will not stop. During this time, our mission is as important as ever.
To read the full letter click here.