About the SPC Public Health Programme

The SPC Public Health Programme is dedicated to improving the health, and therefore the future, of all Pacific Islanders. PHP strives to promote and protect the health of Pacific Island peoples. It advocates a holistic approach to health, supports sustainable capacity development, and facilitates and promotes collaboration with partners. I invite you to explore the diverse activities of the SPC Public Health Programme through this website and encourage you to contact SPC if you would like to learn more.


SPC and PHP recognises that in an area as complex as public health, it cannot effect substantial change on its own. Therefore close collaborations with national authorities, NGOs and other agencies in the region, and the involvement of civil society and communities as leading actors are crucial. The build up of formalised partnerships, with all partners drawing on the widest possible range of expertise and resources, and joint team approaches under common frameworks are necessary to improve health outcomes in a sustainable, long-term manner.


The development and expansion of partnerships across different sectors impacting on health is also a key MDG target, is recommended by the Paris and Rome declarations and form the basis of regionalism under the initiative 6 of the Pacific Plan. They require true local-level partnerships that take account the local constraints, and of socio-economic and cultural factors as provided by PHP in relation to involving local-level partnerships in the design, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions, especially at the national level.


With its exclusive focus on Health for the Pacific people, PHP is supported by a whole range of programmes and services within the Social Resource division and SPC, which are able to provide non health inputs into its activities. Therefore the PHP and SPC are well placed to make a real multidisciplinary contribution to the health of communities and populations in the region.


Recognising the current limited scale of its operations, PHP is also committed to setting public health priorities carefully and realistically, with an emphasis on those priorities that the region has endorsed and that the programme is able to address effectively.


Although PHP’s internal organisation is based on two functional clusters centred on communicable disease and health promotion/NCDs, there is an overlap between the protection and promotion roles for all PHP sections and those will tend to joint under the “primary health care” concept, and could be reorganised to address health priorities in a more integrated way.


With the combined impacts of communicable and noncommunicable diseases within our region, the health challenges Pacific Islanders face are significant ones. Each Section of the Public Health Programme is actively involved in promoting health in our region, through such diverse activities as technical capacity building and training, improved surveillance, health promotion, active engagement of civil society in community health and strengthening of diagnostic networks.



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