A Timely Meeting
A chance encounter at the recent SAPNA Conference in Adelaide [SA Perioperative Nursing Association] was truly fortuitous when Alex Chen of Haines’ Solutions Lab Team met Annys Routley and Sylvia John from The Stables Christian Centre. Why fortuitous? Because now the two groups are working together to provide medical aid to Papua New Guinea!
This was a very timely meeting that’s led to a wonderful collaboration to divert much needed medical supplies to Papua New Guinea – a nation desperate for medical resources. In early 2020 at the start of the pandemic, medical products such as protective bed sheets, linen and mortuary bags were in short supply – caused by the sharp increase in global demand for raw materials to produce personal protective equipment (PPE). Do you remember the panic about PPE, around then?
Time has moved on, and raw materials are more readily available. Now with an excess of stock – and appalled at the idea of sending useful equipment to landfill – we started brainstorming for possible solutions. Because of their size, Mortuary Bags can be repurposed readily into other useful products. But with manufacturing still constrained, we had to think of new ways to get these products to where they would be most useful. With the rise of new Covid variants complicating the situation in the region, our options seemed limited.
The Chance to Do Good
Fortune really does favour the prepared mind. Because just as we were struggling to find answers – we met the passionate team of people from The Stables Christian Centre (just 7 minutes’ drive from Haines head office), and it didn’t take long to discover we have overlapping goals. They are wildly enthusiastic about the opportunity to take the medical products to Papua New Guinea, where they are urgently needed! Consequently, several weeks ago, eight pallets of goods were transported to The Stables Christian Centre, with more to follow when the Centre is closer to shipping the next container to Papua New Guinea.
Lynne and Sonny Hoet – from The Stables Christian Church describe the situation:
"Papua New Guinea is in the grip of a Covid medical crisis, putting further strain on an already broken medical system. We are thrilled with the opportunity to send this equipment which has been so generously donated by Haines Medical.
Much needed in PNG, where it can be repurposed as mats for birthing women and cover sheets for patient beds.
Distribution through the towns, villages and rural areas is arranged by a group of passionate people in PNG, coordinated by Rumginae Rural Hospital, which is in the most remote area of Papua New Guinea, near Fly River in Western Province.
It has ONE doctor serving a large community.
We would like to send a container of donated medical goods as soon as possible. It usually takes us around 12 months to raise the funds, but we want to send a container ASAP because the situation is desperately urgent. We are so greatly appreciative of any help you can offer.
If this story touches your heart, please consider donating and either visit My Cause or donate via the The Stables Christian Centre bank account.”
Sadly, this was not the only story to emerge. A couple of weeks ago, someone published a photo of the mortuary bags on social media, complete with speculations about ‘churches stockpiling body bags’.
Lynne and Sonny Hoet were naturally distressed by this and they were significantly derailed from the important work they need, responding to this misinformation that had been published and shared online.
But you can help turn this situation around 180° — to ensure the Hoet’s good deeds are supported. Please share the real story and help them raise the much needed funds