ImageThe Pacific Regional Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Project (PRIPPP) has been designed to build the capacity of Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to deal with the potential threat of avian influenza, pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases. PRIPPP is a four year project, spanning 1 July 2006 – 30 June 2010.

PRIPPP covers both animal and human health sectors and it is directly managed under the Public Health Surveillance and Communicable Disease Control Section and the Animal Health and Production Section.

SPC is the implementing body for PRIPPP, with funding provided by Australia and New Zealand.  PRIPPP is implemented in strategic partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).



PRIPPP management team:

  • Animal Health & Production Adviser: Dr Ken Cokanasiga (Fiji), This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Epidemiologist, Dr Tom Kiedrzynski (Noumea), This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • PRIPPP Coordinator,  Ms Jennie Fischer (Noumea), This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Technical staff involved in the PRIPPP
: go to staff list and check also the Animal Health and Production Section.

The goal of PRIPPP is to have “PICTs able to effectively and efficiently respond to emerging diseases, in particular highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and pandemic influenza”.

The objectives of PRIPPP are “immediate measures implemented to prevent, or respond to, a possible outbreak of HPAI and pandemic influenza” and “sustainable capacities built to respond to emerging diseases, in line with international guidelines.


Areas of Assistance:

The major components of PRIPPP reflect three broad areas of assistance:

  • Avian Influenza and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and broader emergency plans
  • Surveillance and response by animal and human health systems
  • Regional coordination and project management


Key Activities:

PRIPPP can assist PICTs develop Country Action Plans for avian influenza and pandemic influenza preparedness which identify priority areas for capacity strengthening.

PRIPPP can assist PICTs to complete national influenza pandemic preparedness plans and test them.

PRIPPP conducts training in:
- Regional Global Salmonella Surveillance (GSS)
- Paravet training
- Unusual disease identification training
- Disease outbreak investigation training
- Short Field Epidemiology Training Programme (“Data for Decision Making” type of training)

PRIPPP provides technical advice and support to

  • Assist in addressing legislative and legal gaps
  • Assist with preparing and testing communications strategies
  • Assist with the development of infection control strategies
  • Assist with the resolution of biosecurity issues as related to avian and pandemic
    influenza preparedness
  • Assist with surveillance and response planning
  • Assist with the development of procurement and stockpile strategies for key and emergency supplies
  • Assist with the development of Rapid Containment Strategies for disease outbreaks
  • Assist with the development of SOPs for relevant aspects of response plans
  • Assist with the development of communications plans.

Those interested in any of the assistance or training outlined above should contact the PRIPPP management team.


Meetings & Networks

The project is guided by the Pacific Avian and Pandemic Influenza Taskforce (PAPITaF) which had its first meeting in March 2007.



PRIPPP has a Small Grants Facility to allow PICTs direct access to funds up to $AU45,000 to build national response capacity for avian and pandemic influenza. The PRIPPP Project Coordinator will be the primary contact point for information and management of the Grants.

Applications will need to demonstrate that proposed activities are directly in line with the goals, purpose and objectives of PRIPPP.

There is a two-stage process to apply for funding.  Firstly, proposing organisations should fill out a two page Expression of Interest (EOI) form, available from Ms Jennie Fischer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Completed forms should be sent to the Project Coordinator, who will circulate them to members of the PRIPPP team for feedback against the requirements of the guidelines.

Suitable applications will then be presented to a selection panel. Selected applications will be asked to develop a full proposal for further evaluation.  Applications that are not successful will be returned with comments and may be revised for later funding rounds.