One year of responding to COVID-19
As we pass one year of living in the COVID-19 era we are taking the time to recognize the immense hardships and innumerable challenges the pandemic has brought, but also acknowledge the dedication and adaptability of the entire Nutrition International team and everyone we work with.
Posted on April 6, 2021
One year ago, the world seemed to stop and life as we knew it changed.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Countries around the world began to shut down, businesses closed their doors and offices told their employees to work from home. People quickly packed up their desks, expecting to be back within a few weeks.
It’s been a strange, hard year. We’ve watched case counts and death tolls rise each day. Phrases like “flatten the curve,” “social distancing,” and “stop the spread” have become part of our common lexicon, masks and hand sanitizer are standard fare, and hugs, touch, and human contact are a limited and precious resource.
Today, hope is on the horizon. The vaccine rollout has started in many countries, bringing the possibility of a new normal by the end of the year. However, in many others vaccine distribution has not yet begun – further underscoring the inequalities that continue to plague our world.
Nutrition International’s employees have demonstrated passion – and compassion – while trying to stay connected to each other and their communities.
The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the disparities that exist between developed and developing countries. In Canada, children and parents are at home together, tackling the challenges that come with video conferencing and virtual learning. But, in many countries where schools have closed and online learning isn’t an option, young people are missing out on their education completely, with many – especially girls – never to return.
COVID-19 has unleashed a malnutrition crisis, which threatens to be more devastating than the pandemic itself and jeopardizes the future of an entire generation. And, as with most crises, the impacts are felt most acutely by women and girls – already more likely to be malnourished than men and boys, they are now least likely to be able to access the health and nutrition services they need.
For billions of people, COVID-19 and its knock-on effects have been, and will continue to be, devastating:
Despite the many difficulties of the past year, Nutrition International’s employees have demonstrated passion – and compassion – while trying to stay connected to each other and their communities. At headquarters, our social committee has stepped up and found ways to bring us together while giving back to our community through fundraising campaigns for the Ottawa Food Bank. Our regional offices have done the same, coming together to raise money for local organizations and donate PPE so local community health workers can continue to reach those in need.
While it would be impossible to highlight all the work our global team has accomplished over the last twelve months, here are just a few recent achievements from across the organization:
Every member of the Nutrition International team is committed to making the world a better place, whether that’s across an ocean or down the street. That our work has been able to continue – with adjustments, pivots and new approaches – is a testament to the dedication and ingenuity of everyone in our organization.