COVID-19: Pacific Community Updates

This page will be regularly updated as new information is received  The COVID-19 (COrona VIrus Disease 2019) outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. Globally, nations are taking actions to reduce and …

Sharing health resources to reduce wastage

Every consumable product has a shelf life, and it is no different when it comes to health resources and medical supplies. Medicines and medical supplies tend to lose their effectiveness over time and lead to wastage. According to the World Health…

How a simple and robust communication network has improved Pacific regional epidemic surveillance

World Field Epidemiology Day: Epidemiology programme in the Pacific strengthening health interventions

7th September marks World Field Epidemiology Day recognizing and raising awareness of the pivotal role field epidemiologists play in protecting the health of populations in times of public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. For twenty-…

Digital Response for connecting Citizens- “Supporting the Pacific Close the Digital Divides in Response to COVID-19”

The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Community (SPC) today launched a FJD 1.6 million project, Supporting the Pacific Close the Digital Divides in Response to COVID-19 (SPC DDR-COVID-19).

Hand hygiene auditor training for a standardized approach

Infection, prevention, and control (IPC) focal points from Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati, and Solomon Islands successfully completed a 10-hour hand hygiene Gold standard auditors training. They are now recognised as the first cohort of IPC focal points…

Advancing our Pacific health services for our Pacific people

I have worked in the Pacific health sector for the past 20 years and continue to witness our region advance and evolve with its health service delivery, resources, and health expertise and progress steadily towards the Healthy Islands Vision. The Pacific…

SPC's 75th anniversary: The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) - 25 years of networking and innovation towards health security in the Pacific

The Pacific Community turned 75 on the 6th of February 2022. As we mark 75 years of the Pacific Community’s Service to the region, on the 6th of each month we will feature a key moment in history for the organization.   Over the past 25 years, SPC has…

Strengthening health interventions in the Pacific through the years

Capacity building and strengthening of core competencies for public health is a priority of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) since its creation twenty-five years ago. Throughout the years, the Pacific Community (SPC) together with…

Strengthening Health Services for COVID-19 Response in Kiribati

Ensuring there is continuity of essential health services while responding to increasing demands to prioritise and manage COVID-19 patients, requires extensive stakeholder networking, detailed planning, and coordination in countries with limited…
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