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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.

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SPC helps Samoa with health surveillance for SIDS

Friday 29 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has mobilised a team of health surveillance specialists to help the Samoa Ministry of Health with public health surveillance at the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

‘It is important to enhance surveillance to enable early warning of potential public health threats during mass gathering events such as the SIDS Conference, which will bring more than 3000 people from around the world to Samoa,’ said Dr Yvan Souarès, Deputy Director of SPC’s Public Health Division.

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SPC launches a new web-based map of epidemic alerts in the Pacific

Wednesday 20 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

web-map.jpgThe Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has just launched a new web-based interactive map showing current epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific region.
 
Deputy Director of SPC’s Public Health Division Dr Yvan Souarès said this new website has been developed to keep health professionals better informed and ensure they are better prepared to help protect the health of Pacific and international communities from epidemic and emerging diseases like chikungunya. 

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Strengthening health information: a pressing need for the Pacific

Wednesday 21 May 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia – 

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A research article just published by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease reiterates the pressing need to strengthen health information in the Pacific, particularly in relation to data analysis, use and sharing.

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A long-term solution for public health challenges

Friday 9 May 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia – 

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Pacific Directors of Health gave their backing last week to a comprehensive training initiative designed to develop essential national and regional competencies for the surveillance and response to current and future epidemics and other public health emergencies.

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