ADI’s West New Britain COVID-19 Response

ADI’s West New Britain COVID-19 Response

30 June 2020

Throughout June, ADI continued providing logistic and operational support to the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority and the West New Britain Provincial Government. This included the distribution of COVID-19 educational materials and posters to midwives in the Mosa region. With access to health services vital for expecting mothers, ADI are at the forefront of providing relevant and timely information to ensure access to health services remain. ADI have also moved forward with the employment of a locally based Logistics Officer to assist operations on the ground in Kimbe until such time that our regular integrated outreach health patrols resume.

Pictured: Midwives in the Mosa region receiving STMs and providing community education on COVID-19


ADI Engaging with key Stakeholders - 13 May, 2020

The West New Britain team are allocating time engaging with key stakeholders in the region including the Provincial Health Authority, Provincial Government, Local Health providers and private enterprise so as to determine what medical services and essential supplies are needed. ADI have been delivering much needed supplies of PPE, educational materials in Tok Pisin, online COVID-19 education and training sessions for frontline health workers. With movement within the province restricted, ADI have been pivoting outreach approaches. Actions are in place to take COVID-19 awareness materials and medical supplies to remote communities with direction through our provincial health partners.

ADI Hands over further PPE supplies - 5 May 2020

This week ADI expect to conduct a handover of further PPE supplies to the WNBPHA as a sign of further commitment to our health partners within the province. The handover will include; 100 pairs of Protective goggles, 60 x Boxes of medium and large gloves, 3 x infrared handheld thermometers, 925 N95 Masks, and 48 protective ponchos. An estimated 2000 Healthcare Workers and other WNBPHA staff members working hard on the frontline to combat the spread of COVID19 within PNG will benefit from the delivery of these essential PPE supplies.

ADI run groundbreaking medical training webinar in WNB - 24 April, 2020

On Friday 24 April, ADI in conjunction with the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority ran a teleconference with a team of experts from Australia in Kimbe Provincial Hospital for their frontline curative nursing team. The webinar was moderated by Sr Scholly Baiwan and Dr Theresa Lei and included training from ADI volunteer Dr Rebecca Taylor – live from Australia. The webinar focused on the correct use of PPE and infection control protocols. ADI plan to continue running regular webinars on COVID-19 preparedness as they are needed by our partners. ADI are also sourcing and supplying PPE. Friday saw the delivery of a valuable shipment of PPE masks, medical gloves, protective suits and goggles. ADI have also designed and printed education posters in Tok Pisin to be used in the fight against COVID-19 warning against the habit of Buai chewing/spitting and the roll this behavour can have in spreading the viris. These posters are being widely distributed across WNB.

ADI deliver PPE supplies and webinar training sessions - 17 April, 2020

ADI Sydney staff are currently preparing supplies of PPE to be sent to West New Britain. Due to the remoteness of the province, this is a difficult task and involves cooperation from a number of partner agencies. Structures are also being put in place to enable the delivery of ADI’s COVID-19 Preparation webinar to frontline medical personnel. This webinar was successfully delivered twice last week to doctors and hospital staff in Western Province.

ADI begin COVID-19 Community Awareness Programs - 3 April, 2020

With the help and guidance of the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority (WNBPHA) and other local business houses, ADI has planned and completed a number of COVID-19 based activities that will aid and benefit the effectiveness of healthcare workers and community leaders. These activities include but are not limited to:
– Community awareness conducted on the remote south coast of West New Britain province
– Printing and handover of Tok Pisin translated information posters for healthcare workers and the wider community
– Donation of N95 masks and sterile gloves to urban health centres within the Kimbe Urban District
– Procurement and donation of essential cleaning and infection control supplies to be used at the Kimbe Provincial Hospital

ADI remains steadfast in its commitment to the WNBPHA and wider PNG community and is continuing efforts to procure PPE and other resources considering the direction from local health practitioners and management.

ADI receive thanks from CEO of WNB Provincial Health Authority - April 2020

“On behalf of the Board of Governance, Management, Staff and Team West New Britain.. we thank you ADI. Your Philanthropic donation at this time of need is profoundly appreciated by all of us… and further enhances our relationship in providing Healthcare Services specific to COVID 19 prevention. We pray and hope that PNG will remain protected against COVID19” – Stanislaw S Tao, CEO of West New Britain Provincial Health Authority.

Shipping 5000 pieces of PPE to WNB - 30 May, 2020

ADI have shipped nearly 5,000 individual pieces of PPE to assist the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority (WNBPHA) since the COVID-19 crisis began. This includes delivering much needed health educational supplies to Kandrian, on the remote southern coast of West New Britain. PPE has also been allocated to the Department of Justice to assist corrective services personal in preparing inmates for court proceedings. In other good news, WNBPHA are going forward with oropharyngeal swab testing on 200 monitored and at-risk individuals. ADI was at the forefront of providing PPE and educational material to the nurses conducting the testing. Shipments of PPE and the delivery of educational material has been well received by the WNBPHA and wider community and ADI will continue to provide this support.

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