PPHSN was created 25 years ago (in December 1996) under the joint auspices of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in close consultation with the 22 PICTs and several regional partners.
Its primal focus is communicable diseases, especially those prone to outbreak, such as denge fever or COVID-19.
PPHSN includes the following six key services to support Pacific Island countries and territories with the surveillance and response to outbreaks:
- PacNet (for alert and communication),
- Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System (for outbreak detection)
- LabNet (for disease verification and identification),
- EpiNet (for preparedness and response),
- PICNet (for infection prevention and control), and
- SHIP-DDM (for capacity building and strengthening).
By Camille Menaouer-Marteau and Christelle Lepers
Did you know? PacNet has its own symbol. It represents a conch shell, which is a means of communication in Pacific communities, surrounded by a golden pattern representing the Pacific Island countries and territories, and with the “@” as international e-mail symbol.