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Surveillance & operational research / Laboratory strengthening

The Surveillance & operational reserach and the Laboratory strengthening teams are part of the Research, Evidence and Information Programme (REI) of the Public Health Division (PHD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The Research, Evidence and Information Programme is also the Focal Point of the Coordinating Body of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN).

Our first priorities are those of the network: communicable diseases, especially the outbreak-prone ones. At this stage our target diseases include: dengue, measles, rubella, influenza, leptospirosis, typhoid fever, cholera and HIV/STIs.

Scaling up public health surveillance in Vanuatu with data training

26 July 2016

epi-ddm.jpgOver 20 health professionals from all six provinces of Vanuatu are in Port-Vila this week to scale up public health surveillance with the Pacific Data for Decision-Making (DDM) training programme.

Zika virus monitoring continues in Pacific

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The Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, has this week sent an update on the Zika virus infection to public health ministries and health professionals in the Pacific Islands region.

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).  

Improving Pacific 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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