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. ADI have shipped over 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.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, the ADI team in Sydney moved to a working from home model. While the team are now back int he office, and all Board meetings and committee meetings continue to be run virtually. We encourage you to continue following us on Twitter or Facebook to keep up to date with the work we are doing in PNG.