Supporting the international response

Burnet Institute reaffirms its support for, commitment to, and solidarity with the people of Papua New Guinea during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Boosting COVID-19 awareness in PNG

19 October 2020

Iru Tofinga using the COVID-19 flipchart

Image: Peer Counsellor Iru Tofinga using the flipchart to provide COVID-19 education

Burnet staff have set up tools to assist health education and counselling in Papua New Guinea (PNG), to improve understanding of COVID-19 and address common myths and misinformation.

Set up in Daru, Western Province, the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) supported project is empowering those within the TB-affected community to support their peers through treatment and health promotion.

Burnet and partner organisations were already using similar tools and resources for TB patients, in the RID-TB Patient Education and Counselling Project. As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread in 2020, they have adapted these tools to improve awareness of the novel coronavirus and how to prevent infections.

Allan Kuma COVID-19 flipchart

Image: Lead Counsellor, Allan Kuma providing education with the COVID-19 flipchart to a Daru community member

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Statement of support for Papua New Guinea

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold globally, Burnet Institute reaffirms its support for, commitment to, and solidarity with the people of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Australia’s nearest neighbour, PNG, is experiencing its first cases of COVID-19, across several provinces.

Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC said: “We stand united with the people of PNG, a country we have a long and active association with, in working together with our local partners to achieve better health for Papua New Guineans, especially through helping strengthen health systems.”

“Burnet is currently actively engaged and working with our partners to identify the most useful way we can support PNG in their COVID-19 response.”

The Australian government has recently provided a range of support initiatives to PNG, including an additional AUD$20.5 million for more personal protective equipment and increased testing capacity for COVID-19.

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Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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