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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.