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Papua New Guinea and Niue health professionals address typhoid fever and other foodborne diseases

ImageHealth professionals from various provinces of Papua New Guinea and Niue will attend a week-long training workshop on ‘Global Salmonella Surveillance’ in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from 2 to 6 June 2008. Salmonella is a germ that can occur in food and can be a cause of foodborne diseases, one of which is typhoid fever. You get such diseases by consuming contaminated food or drink.

‘Typhoid fever is a major public health problem in Papua New Guinea. It is among the top 10 causes of death in the country,’ says Dr James Wangi, Pandemic Preparedness Specialist at the Port Moresby office of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Cook Islands enhances its ability to respond to avian and pandemic influenza threats

ImageA series of workshops on infection control and exercises to test avian and pandemic influenza preparedness just took place in Rarotonga from Wednesday 23 July to Friday 1 August 2008. These initiatives aim to increase Cook Islands’ readiness for avian and pandemic influenza events and other threats of infectious diseases.

‘The Pacific Islands, including the Cook Islands, are at risk of avian and pandemic influenza, like other parts of the world,’ says Dr Roro Daniel, Secretary of Health, Cook Islands. ‘Considering the limited resources shared by most Pacific Island countries and territories, it is critical that we test components of our pandemic preparedness plan and refine our capacity to effectively respond to these threats.’

‘Fighting avian influenza requires information, communication and thinking outside the box’

ImageAvian influenza outbreak, pandemic preparedness and influenza pandemic are now commonly used terms in the Pacific Islands region. But do our people fully understand what they mean? Are they aware of the potential implications for them if influenza pandemics invade our shores? Are the people who are working in all sectors of government, the private sector, civil society and communities well informed about influenza pandemics? And, most importantly, do they understand the roles they may need to play if there is an outbreak in any of the countries or territories in the region?

The answers to these questions and others will provide some idea of whether or not the region is fully informed and prepared for such an eventuality.

Inform'ACTION 28 is out!

ImageThe first part of the bulletin focuses on dengue as a follow-up to the previous issue, which was fully dedicated to this important problem.
SPC’s Director-General, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, introduces the second part of the bulletin, which is dedicated to avian influenza and pandemic influenza preparedness. His article is entitled ‘Fighting avian influenza requires information, communication and thinking outside the box.’

The bulletin includes also news on recent activities and initiatives of the PRIPPP team, such as infection control posters. Five fact sheets on avian and pandemic influenza are also attached to the bulletin.

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Dengue: an incessant threat

ImageA special issue of Inform'ACTION (the bulletin of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network, PPHSN, produced by SPC) has been dedicated to DENGUE.

The bulletin starts with a summary of the dengue situation in the region and outlines good practices and programmes that have been successful in controlling dengue and that could be applied in other Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). We also present new initiatives developed by PPHSN partners to strengthen vector surveillance and control capacity in PICTs.

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