The Pacific Community (SPC)
What are the challenges?
Pacific Island countries face capacity gaps in infection prevention and control (IPC). Regional IPC guidelines are out of date, and country and institutional guidelines are often absent or out of date. Field epidemiology capacity also requires development in the region. Accordingly, there is a need to bolster this capacity through extending and strengthening SPC’s field epidemiology training program.
How will we address these challenges?
The Centre will fund two positions in SPC for a period of three years:
- A specialist to provide support to Pacific Island Countries on IPC; and,
- A specialist to provide support to Pacific Island Countries on training for field epidemiology.
Pacific Island Countries.
SPC Public Health Division based in Noumea, New Caledonia and Suva, Fiji.
What will success look like?
Regional guidelines and plans for IPC will be updated and countries will be provided support to adapt them into country and institutional plans and to begin implementation of updated guidelines.
SPC epidemiological capacity will be strengthened, including through expansion of the regional Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), as well as by strengthening surveillance and potential deployment for outbreak response.