YWAM Medical Ships Australia & Papua New Guinea (YWAM MS) have donated much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist Papua New Guinea’s response to COVID-19.
This comes after the National Department of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO)’s requested support for frontline health workers in the COVID-19 response. The PPE, includes 20,000 gloves and 3,620 masks.
The donation will be followed by YWAM MS’ training and medical ship’s, MV YWAM PNG, redeployment to PNG waters next month. YWAM MS has now received a formal invitation from authorities in Papua New Guinea to return to PNG for the purpose of strengthening essential healthcare in rural communities.
YWAM MS Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said that they were delighted to be returning to PNG after making the difficult decision to suspend their outreach schedule last year due to the travel restrictions put in place in response to the pandemic.
The MV YWAM PNG and her crew are due to set sail from Australia early next month.
Photo: Frazer Moses (right, in blue shirt), from YWAM Port Moresby office, is pictured with NCC logistics staff at the delivery of the donated PPE at the NCC warehouse in Murray Barracks. Credit: YWAM