Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network Regional Meeting "Linking up the initiatives and scaling up the actions"

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 (PICTs).

Laboratory Mentorship Programme: Two laboratory officers from Kiribati on attachment at Mataika House Fiji

SPC introduced a laboratory mentorship programme which consists of, among others, a 2-week twinning activity with pre-identified Level 2 reference laboratory. The laboratory mentorship programme focuses on tasks performed by laboratory officers in Level 1 laboratories. Managers and laboratory officers of Level 2 reference laboratories will also benefit from this programme as the tasks required to strengthen service delivery and achieve laboratory accreditation are essentially the same.

Workshop 2 on the development of the ‘Manual on surveillance and control of Aedes vectors in the Pacific’

The specific objectives of the Manual are:

  • An easy-to-follow reference guide for surveillance and control of Aedes vectors that is appropriate to the various contexts of Pacific Island countries and territories
  • A document that can serve as a reference tool for training​


March 7 2018

The Pacific Community (SPC) and Agence française de développement (AFD) join forces in strengthening public health surveillance and response capacities to tackle epidemics, emerging transmissible diseases, antimicrobial resistance and climatic disaster impacts in the Pacific.

June 25 2019

Public health is everyone’s health. It involves not just the human health system but also the health of our animals and our ecosystem.

In Nadi, the regional meeting of the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN, which ended on Friday (7 June), focused on ‘One Health’, among others, to discuss measures against vector-borne diseases such as dengue, and zoonotic diseases such as leptospirosis and some types of influenza. (Zoonotic diseases are diseases that spread from animals to humans.)

December 20 2017

The 10th Pacific Mini Games was held in Vanuatu from 4-15 December, bringing together thousands of athletes and visitors from across the region. While the public focus was on the incredible performances on the field, behind the scenes a team of trained public health surveillance officers from Vanuatu Ministry of Health, with support from the Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), were monitoring the health of athletes and audiences.

April 17 2017

The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) will celebrate its 20th anniversary this week (19-22 April) at a regional meeting in Suva, Fiji.

This event, which is organised by the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Fiji National University, will be attended by public health officials and experts from across the Pacific.