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World-first musculoskeletal health pilot in Solomon Islands

16 April 2015

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In a world-first, a survey module about back pain, arthritis and other musculoskeletal health problems is being piloted in the Solomon Islands national Demographic and Health Survey this month.

The musculoskeletal survey module has been developed by the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

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SPC lends public health surveillance helping hand to Vanuatu

27 March 2015

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Three public health experts from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will head to Port Vila and Pentecost Island this weekend to support Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health with the surveillance, diagnosis and response to diseases with epidemic potential and other public health emergencies.

SPC will initially deploy two epidemiologists and one laboratory specialist following a request from the Vanuatu Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for assistance over the next two months.

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SPC stands by Pacific Communities to address tuberculosis challenge

24 March 2015

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World Tuberculosis Day reminds us all of the important work under way to eradicate this highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, but also that more needs to be done to save lives across the Pacific and globally.

“We’ve achieved significant progress in the detection and treatment of tuberculosis cases in the Pacific region in recent years, but a renewed effort is essential to ‘reach, treat and cure everyone’,” according to a Tuberculosis Epidemiologist at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Jojo Merilles.

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Boosting Pacific health information with data for decision-making training

Thursday 2 October 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia 

ddm-1-noumea.jpgPublic health surveillance and laboratory professionals from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tuvalu and Vanuatu came together in Noumea, New Caledonia, last week to participate in the first module of an accredited data for decision-making (DDM) training programme.

The DDM training, which is delivered by experts from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) together with experts from several partners of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), is designed to build the skills of public health workers to improve surveillance and health information systems in the Pacific Islands.

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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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