Health and Hygiene

June 2023

For over 20 years, GVI has prioritised the health and safety of our staff, participants, partners and local community members. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, GVI has created the GVI health and hygiene team to put in place new standards of cleanliness, norms and behaviours that meet or exceed international recommendations to ensure the ongoing safety of GVI’s participants, staff and communities around the world. Internationally recommended practices, such as advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the governments of Australia, UK and US, continue to be monitored and the standards are likely to change if and when international advice changes.

The work GVI is contributing to across the globe remains important and the following measures allow our participants to continue to join GVI’s programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. The following changes to our existing protocols have been made by the GVI health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities.

COVID-19 pre arrival and departure testing

Ensuring compliance

Specific training

Implementation of screening, monitoring and limited access

Implementation of physical distancing

Zonation of base locations

Increased Sanitation

COVID-19: Health and Hygiene procedures

Supply, use and enforcement of personal protection clothing

Increase frequency of cleaning

Facilitating compliance

Implementation of waste management

Use of protocols during transportation

Actions plans for suspected cases

Monitoring of international and national recommendations