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A review of the status of animal health laboratory capacity in the Pacific

Animal health laboratory technician, Edward Wainuni, from Solomon Islands inspect results during a laboratory workshopOne of the main objectives of the Pacific Regional Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Project (PRIPPP) is to strengthen the diagnostic capacity of the animal health sector in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to address the increasing need for early diagnosis of animal diseases.

  The main purpose of this survey is to determine the level of improvement in the capacity to diagnose animal diseases in the region. The information from the 2007 to 2008 laboratory assessment survey will be compared to the information that will be collected in the forthcoming survey. The response from each PICT will be used to develop recommendations and draft a 2011–2015 sustainable animal disease diagnostic capacity development strategy, addressing specific needs of each Pacific Island country and territory.

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PAHLNet shipping mechanism fact sheet: A regional picture of animal health specimen referral routes

Photo map showing proposed regional laboratory referral mechanism for animal disease diagnosis in the Pacific region

 PAHLNet has recently developed a fact sheet for a regional laboratory referral mechanism for animal disease diagnosis. This document shows the various shipping routes for animal health samples to referral laboratories in the region. As most animal diagnostic specimens need to be shipped overseas for advanced diagnosis, this mapping of referral routes allows workers to understand easily how and where samples should be shipped.

The shipping mechanism fact sheet also serves as the PAHLNet directory with updated information about focal persons, contact details and locations of animal health laboratories in the Pacific. The fact sheet is now available online on the PRIPPP website. To download the full version of the fact sheet, click  icon PAHLNET Shipping Mechanism Fact Sheet (222.98 kB)
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LabNet 2010 - linking agriculture and health sectors

labnet.jpgSPC, in promoting One World, One Health, is facilitating stronger links between agriculture and health in disease diagnostic capability in the region. A workshop to address these issues was held from 1-4 November at the Novotel Lami, Suva, Fiji. The workshop was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Fiji School of Medicine (FSMed) and other partners under the framework of the Pacific Public Health Laboratory Network (LabNet). It brought together Pacific laboratory technicians through the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN). With the inclusion of animal health representatives from 15 Pacific island countries and territories, the workshop provided an opportunity for information sharing and identification of common needs and concerns among laboratory workers in both health and agriculture.

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