Tuvalu was COVID-19 free up until October 2022 however since that time, reported community transmission of COVID-19 cases as of 24 November 2022 has now reached 2362.
The Pacific Community (SPC) with funding support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will deploy a team comprising of 5 nurses, SPC’s Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) advisor and Clinical Services advisor. The nurses departed for Tuvalu over the weekend.
This deployment is funded by the Australian government through DFAT’s Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative in response to a request from the Government of Tuvalu for nursing support to enable COVID-19 and other vaccination programs to continue during the current COVID outbreak.
Dr Berlin Kafoa Director for SPC’s Public Health Division said “The Pacific health sector through collaborative efforts and support provided by regional organisations, partners and donors has effectively responded to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 2 years. SPC has remained on standby to deploy health experts and respond to country requests”.
From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, SPC has provided technical support, trainings, medical resource procurement, health expert deployment and funding support to PICTs.
SPC is a member of the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway on COVID-19 (PHP-C), which provides regional leadership, direction, and coordination to enable the provision of medical and humanitarian assistance from regional and international organisations in a timely, safe, effective, and equitable manner. SPC is also a member of WHO-led multi-agency Joint Incident Management Team (JIMT).