Requests for assistance can be made directly to any of the section’s staff. Certain types of assistance (e.g. in-country) may require written requests from relevant government departments.
Technical assistance on policies and national plans of action with regards to communicable disease surveillance and response is available to PICT governments on request, particularly with reference to the PPHSN strategic framework and development plans.
Ad hoc technical assistance is available on request to EpiNet teams and ministries and departments of health for communicable disease public health surveillance and epidemiology, especially the review and development of surveillance systems, and outbreak investigation and response.
Through the laboratory specialist and LabNet, the public health laboratory network of the PPHSN, technical assistance and advice can be provided on laboratory testing methods, technical and shipping procedures for the confirmation of outbreaks.
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In order to plan and monitor PPHSN development, the following meetings are organised by the section (in some cases in cooperation with partners):
(a) PPHSN Coordinating Body meetings: Typically held once a year with all Coordinating Body members.
(b) PPHSN regional or sub-regional meetings: Held approximately every two years for EpiNet team (or equivalent) members (usually the focal points) and/or other decision makers from ministries and departments of health active in the area of communicable disease surveillance and response.
PacNet is an email (and fax) mailing list for a network of health practitioners interested or working in the Pacific Islands, which allows rapid overall communication (and makes possible “Early Warnings”) regarding epidemic threats; PacNet consequently makes it possible to raise awareness and preparedness levels in the region. It also gives access to resources, including expertise.
Subscription: Health practitioners can subscribe to PacNet, by sending an email message to:
PacNet-restricted is used as a communication tool restricted to selected health professionals from Ministries and Departments of Health (usually decision makers), members of the National EpiNet teams and PPHSN Coordinating Body members. It is a possible alternative to PacNet in the very early stages of outbreaks, when information is often sensitive and confidential (i.e. not yet confirmed and/or an adequate public health response has not yet been brought about). It is also used for requests for information regarding outbreak news published by media.
Subscription: Health practitioners need permission of their Health Director and of the SPC Section to subscribe to PacNet-restricted.
PacNet-Lab was created for the development of LabNet, the public health laboratory network, and includes laboratory health professionals from the region, as well as the Coordinating Body members. The list is used to share lab-specific information.
Subscription: Health practitioners can subscribe to PacNet-Lab, by sending an email message to:
. Health practitioners need permission of their Health Director and of the SPC Section to subscribe to PacNet-restricted.
Those networks are maintained by our section under the PPHSN framework. For more information on these networks, go to the PPHSN website.
Through the PPHSN, the section aims at setting up a sustainable funding mechanism for outbreak-related assistance in the region. In the meantime, depending on funding availability, the section tries to answer to small funding requests from the PICTs in emergency response situations due to communicable disease outbreaks.
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The following website developed and maintained by our section is also an important information source: