"Newcrest is working with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the World Bank and the Japanese government to support this critical procurement of PPE, with the contribution made by Newcrest directly funding 84,600 examination gloves, 47,000 N95 particulate respirators, 65,800 surgical face masks, 9426 protective goggles, 9400 surgical gowns and 25,000 face shields," the company said.
Newcrest PNG chief operating officer Craig Jones said it was important to work with organisations such as UNICEF in PNG, which worked closely with the National Department of Health to identify priority needs across the country and distribute accordingly to the provincial health authorities.
"We understand the importance of PPE in protecting the front-line health workers and the assurance it will provide those who deliver essential healthcare to children and families affected by disease in PNG," Jones said.
UNICEF PNG representative, David Mcloughlin, acknowledged the importance of Newcrest's contribution.
"The safety of our health workers is of paramount importance to us. We are extremely grateful to Newcrest Mining for their generous and timely contributions that are enabling UNICEF to continue supporting the PNG government's response to the pandemic.
His sentiments were echoed by the UNICEF Australia chief executive Tony Stuart.
"Access to PPE for health workers and other front line services is essential in order to be able to prevent transmission of the virus, as well as to ensure front line workers are able to continue providing essential services to children, families and communities," Stuart said.