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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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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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Global and regional rise of diseases spread by mosquitoes

Monday 7 April 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia –  world-health-day.jpg 

The Pacific is currently experiencing a growing epidemic of diseases spread by mosquitoes. The global concern for these diseases is highlighted today, World Health Day; this year’s theme is vector-borne diseases.

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SPC helps Fiji fight dengue outbreak

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has made a contribution to Fiji’s Ministry of Health for the purchase of insecticides to carry out mosquito control interventions for the next three months.

This contribution comes in response to Honourable Minister for Health Neil Sharma’s recent call for assistance from development partners to help Fiji respond to the current dengue outbreak.

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