Directory of PPHSN Resources 
2013 Edition

     

CONTENTS

Foreword

Introduction

Coordinating Body (CB)

CB Focal Point

Core members

 EpiNet Teams

PacNet

LabNet

 PICNet

Allied members

Useful documents / publications / websites

Introduction

What is PPHSN?
The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) is a voluntary network of countries and organisations dedicated to the promotion of public health surveillance and appropriate response to the health challenges of 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.

Goal: PPHSN's goal is to improve public health surveillance and response in the Pacific Islands in a sustainable way.

The first priorities of PPHSN are communicable diseases, especially the outbreak-prone ones. At this stage the target diseases include: dengue, measles/rubella, influenza, leptospirosis, typhoid fever, cholera and HIV and STIs.

Who are its members?
PPHSN's core members are the Ministries and Departments of Health of the Pacific Island countries and territories who serve as the Governing Body of PPHSN.
The network is further supported by allied members regional training institutions, agencies, laboratories, and other organisations or networks with an interest in public health surveillance in the region, who chose to be a PPHSN member.

When was it created?
PPHSN was created in 1996 under the joint auspices of SPC and WHO.

The PPHSN strategies are the following: 

Harmonisation of health data needs and development of adequate surveillance systems,
     including operational research. 

Development of relevant computer applications. 

Adaptation of field epidemiology and public health surveillance training programmes to
     local and regional needs. 

Promoting the use of Email, opening the network to new partners, new services and
     other networks
.

Publication.

 

The PPHSN include 5 services:

Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System: for outbreak detection
PacNet: for alert and communication

LabNet: for verification and identification 

EpiNet: for preparedness, response and capacity building

PICNet: for infection control
 

Compiled by the PPHSN Coordinating Body Focal Point: SPC's Research, Evidence and Information Programme -. Email: FocalPointPPHSN-CB@spc.int  SPC 2013.