About the SPC Public Health Division

The SPC Public Health Division (PHD) is dedicated to improving the health, and therefore the future, of all Pacific Islanders. PHD strives to promote and protect the health of Pacific Island peoples. It advocates a holistic approach to health, supports sustainable capacity development, and facilitates and promotes collaboration with partners. I invite you to explore the diverse activities of the SPC Public Health Division through this website and encourage you to contact us if you would like to learn more.

Recent & forthcoming events


Samoa enhances public health surveillance for the Commonwealth Youth Games

31 August 2015

Samoa Ministry of Health will today start implementing enhanced public health surveillance for the Commonwealth Youth Games with technical support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).  

Director General of Health of Samoa Ministry of Health, Toleafoa Leausa Dr Take Naseri said,  “This is necessary for our country’s health security and likewise the health of the athletes, officials and supporters.” 

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Improving public health practice through research

20 August 2015



Thirteen health professionals from eight Pacific Island countries and territories embarked this week on an innovative operational research course aimed at addressing issues in national health practice.

Organised jointly by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, the course is designed to train and guide the participants in conducting research on issues of particular concern to their country.

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SPC supports Northern Mariana Islands with post-typhoon Soudelor public health surveillance

13 August 2015



Following a request from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation for additional expertise in the wake of typhoon Soudelor, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has sent a senior epidemiologist to Saipan to assist with public health surveillance.

SPC epidemiologist, Dr Paul White, has arrived in Saipan from SPC headquarters in Noumea and will work closely with the Commonwealth Health Authorities and partners from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention over the next two weeks.

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Strengthening epidemic preparedness key focus of Pacific health surveillance network

20 July 2015



A major meeting of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) on strengthening capacity building and preparedness to epidemics and other public health emergencies opens today in Nadi, Fiji.

Organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in consultation with PPHSN partners, the meeting gathers over 50 public health laboratory and surveillance officials from across the Pacific.

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