Pacific health laboratory staff certified to handle and ship infectious substances

The isolation of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT’s) are part of the regions appeal for visitors looking to escape city life for a while. But this isolation also creates unique transportation and knowledge management challenges which are important for maintaining basic services and goods. Nowhere is this challenge more pronounced than health, where close regional cooperation, rapid responses, and efficient transport times are essential.

Sharing health resources to reduce wastage

Every consumable product has a shelf life, and it is no different when it comes to health resources and medical supplies. Medicines and medical supplies tend to lose their effectiveness over time and lead to wastage.

According to the World Health Organisation, about 85% is general non-hazardous waste generated by healthcare. It is noted that the quantity of healthcare waste in the Pacific is increasing as population grows demanding more medical services.

World Field Epidemiology Day: Epidemiology programme in the Pacific strengthening health interventions

7th September marks World Field Epidemiology Day recognizing and raising awareness of the pivotal role field epidemiologists play in protecting the health of populations in times of public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

For twenty-five years now, the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), through the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Public Health Division and partners has been working to support and build core epidemiological skills of health workers in the region.

Hand hygiene auditor training for a standardized approach

Infection, prevention, and control (IPC) focal points from Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati, and Solomon Islands successfully completed a 10-hour hand hygiene Gold standard auditors training. They are now recognised as the first cohort of IPC focal points in the Pacific as Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) Gold Standard Compliance Auditors & Assessors, and are now able to train general auditors making the program more sustainable at country level.

The training was held virtually during the first week of April and was facilitated by Kate Ryan, HHA Manager and Program coordinator.

Advancing our Pacific health services for our Pacific people

I have worked in the Pacific health sector for the past 20 years and continue to witness our region advance and evolve with its health service delivery, resources, and health expertise and progress steadily towards the Healthy Islands Vision.

The Pacific Community (SPC) and its Public Health Division work in the region to support PICTs by providing technical assistance, advise, supporting capacity development and improving health service delivery and resources.

SPC's 75th anniversary: The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) - 25 years of networking and innovation towards health security in the Pacific

The Pacific Community turned 75 on the 6th of February 2022. As we mark 75 years of the Pacific Community’s Service to the region, on the 6th of each month we will feature a key moment in history for the organization.  


Over the past 25 years, SPC has been facilitating networking, sharing of information and knowledge between PICTs and partners to strengthen health security in the Pacific through the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN).