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The Pacific Regional
Infection Control Network (PICNet) was officially launched in
February 2006 at a technical consultation meeting and training
workshop on infection control and prevention held in Lautoka, Fiji
Islands. The meeting was organised by SPC within the framework of
PPHSN, with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
designed to facilitate infection control response to infectious
disease threats in the region, through better communication,
accessibility of expertise and technical advice.
The idea of
PICNet arose during the 1st Regional EpiNet Workshop,
held in 2003 after the SARS threat.
In September 2005, an Infection
Control Specialist (ICS), Mrs Peta-Anne Zimmermann, funded by ADB,
was attached to PPHSN to further the development of PPHSN and to
improve infection control capacity in a sustainable way through a
variety of activities, including the development of PICNet (see
Inform’ACTION 22: 10–13).
In 2008, an Infection
Control Officer, Mrs Margaret Leong, based at SPC Noumea and funded
by the Pacific Regional Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Project (PRIPPP),
worked on further developing the network. Her role
involved strengthening infection control capacity in the Pacific
Islands through the provision of basic infection control training
and programme establishment. Margaret built on the work carried
out by Ms Peta-Anne Zimmerman.
PICNet email mailing list
The network has a
dedicated email mailing list (picnet) intended to facilitate
communication among infection control professionals in the region.
To subscribe to the
list, send an email message to
PICNet focal point
PICNet web pages
A number of web pages
are dedicated to PICNet on PPHSN website:
Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines
Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines 2010 developed and
published by SPC for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs)
in collaboration with WHO and in consultation with PICTs and other
PPHSN Coordinating Body Focal Point