Papua New Guinea is currently facing a potential catastrophe, with an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
Hospitals in the capital, Port Moresby, are nearly at full capacity, as the health system struggles to cope with the surge in cases. Face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are in short supply.
Large-scale testing is very low across PNG. Only a limited number of facilities are able to conduct regular screening and testing, leading to concerns that the virus is spreading unchecked in communities.
The global poverty rate is expected to rise for the first time in 20 years, as COVID-19 compounds existing challenges of access to health care, clean water, sanitation, food and water security and education.
With over 85 per cent of the PNG population already living in poverty according to the multi-dimensional poverty index, your support is needed to help vulnerable communities, like those in PNG, recover from this pandemic.
Around the world, COVID-19 has reached some of the world's most marginalised communities - including Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
These communities already live in conditions where social distancing is challenging, and clean water, soap and masks are in limited supply.
Your generous donation today can help support our global neighbours as they face the social, economic and health challenges that are amplified by COVID-19.
Even after the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out globally and the virus finally contained, the disruption to livelihoods means millions of people will face poverty, unemployment and food insecurity. The people most impacted are those least able to withstand food shortages, loss of income and disruption to services. An estimated 40 to 60 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic.
It will take time for communities to recover from COVID-19. We will continue to walk alongside our global neighbours, tackling poverty and injustice together with vulnerable communities across the world though long-term programs that help people living in poverty to improve their lives. But this work is only possible through the support of generous people like you.
Please donate today to help communities living in poverty get through this crisis – and beyond.
You can help provide tailored support according to local needs
Water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure
Emergency cash distributions to communities that lost income due to lockdowns
Awareness sessions to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Distribution of hygiene materials including protective personal equipment, soap, gloves and disinfectants