13 May, 2020
Due to our long partnership with government and health authorities in PNG, ADI have been able to take a key role in the COVID-19 crisis joining COVID taskforces in Western Province, West New Britain and New Ireland. As of 13 May, ADI has shipped 400kg of personal protective equipment (PPE) into PNG including N95 masks, goggles, gloves, face shields, aprons, thermo guns and hand-sanitizers. ADI doctors have partnered with medical technology company BD (Becton Dickinson) to deliver webinars to frontline health workers in PNG hospitals. These webinars cover COVID-19 preparedness, incident management, triaging, logistics, correct use of PPE and support to maternal health during COVID-19. ADI have been invited into 35+ rural communities to deliver education on COVID-19 transmission and how families can protect themselves. We discuss social distancing and hand hygiene as well as gender equality and social inclusion. ADI provide soap and washing buckets for health clinics and COVID-19 prevention posters, based on WHO and PNG National Department of Health guidelines. ADI is mindful of not being vectors of transmission when visiting remote communities so align all activities with national and provincial guidelines.
The ADI team in Sydney moved to a working from home model in mid-March, and all Board meetings and committee meetings are now run virtually. We are still contactable via phone; and we encourage you to follow us on Twitter or Facebook.