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Dengue initiatives
Written by Christelle Lepers   
Friday, 11 April 2008

Image The 27th issue of Inform'ACTION is dedicated to DENGUE.

The bulletin starts with a summary of the dengue situation in the region and includes a series of 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 present also new initiatives developed by PPHSN partners to strengthen vector surveillance and control (VSC) capacity in PICTs. The second project, which aims at extending VSC activities to all PICTs, is still being fine-tuned with the interested donor, the French Agency for Development (AFD). Recently, correspondence has been sent to all PICTs in order to get feedback on the project. We hope that all PICTs will be interested in this initiative.

The idea of dedicating an issue of Inform'ACTION to dengue arose at the last PPHSN Coordinating Body meeting, held in March this year. It was put together in response to the concern expressed by PICT ministers of health in the Vanuatu Commitment (details below).

Dengue and the Vanuatu Commitment

Extracts from the Vanuatu Commitment resulting from the Seventh Meeting of the Ministers of Health for Pacific Island Countries, held in March 2007.

‘Dengue was identified as a major communicable disease problem in the region resulting in significant morbidity and severe economic losses, particularly for tourism. But since the last meeting of the Ministers of Health for Pacific Island Countries in 2005 in Samoa, the proposed regional dengue initiative has not materialized. The need for effective surveillance systems was recognized as a key issue related to dengue, as well as other new and emerging diseases.

There has been some success in implementing vector control for dengue. French Polynesia reported a successful programme of vector surveillance and control that had significantly reduced the impact of a recent outbreak. Australia pointed to its successes in controlling dengue in Northern Queensland, which could have implications for similar settings in the Pacific. Australia encouraged the development of a regional dengue initiative and offered to share its dengue management planning.’

 Consult the bulletin on line.

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2008 )