EpiNet

EpiNet is the response arm of the network. It consists of multi-disciplinary national/territorial outbreak response teams. These teams were formed by Pacific Island health authorities in every Pacific Island country and territory in 2001.

Besides coordinated surveillance and response field activities, the role of EpiNet is also to establish and maintain relevant PPHSN target-diseases surveillance and response protocols, including all technical and resource-related aspects of all operations.

A regional EpiNet team is also being established.

List of EpiNet Teams

In every Pacific Island country and territory, health authorities have nominated National/Territorial EpiNet Teams (below):

  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
    > National Team
    > Chuuk State Team
    > Kosrae State Team
    > Pohnpei State Team
    > Yap State Team
  • Fiji Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea (PNG)
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna

Meetings

PPHSN Regional LabNet/EpiNet Meeting 2015, Nadi, Fiji, 20-22 July 2015

Meeting on International Health Regulations (IHR) and the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), Nadi, Fiji, 30 May – 1 June 2012

“Meeting for the Pacific IHR National Focal Points and PPHSN-EpiNet Representatives on Syndromic Surveillance”, Auckland, New Zealand, 23–26 March 2010

Second Regional EpiNet Workshop “PPHSN Preparedness for Influenza and other Potential Threats like Dengue and SARS”, co-organised by SPC and WHO in Noumea, New Caledonia, 7-11 June 2004

First Regional EpiNet Workshop “Building on the SARS Experience – Preparing PPHSN for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases” co-organised by SPC & WHO, 1-5 September 2003, Suva, Fiji Islands

3 EpiNet sub-regional workshops co-organised by SPC & WHO, 2001-2002

Between December 2001 and March 2002, SPC and WHO jointly funded and organised three EpiNet sub-regional workshops in order to further develop the outbreak alert and response capacities of PPHSN established five years ago. The outputs of the workshops were 6 PPHSN target disease-specific draft generic protocols, to be further developed and wrapped up (ongoing).

Reports

2005 Epidemiological report – Wallis and Futuna, compiled by the EpiNet team (original in French, – the leptospirosis part is available in English in Inform’ACTION 23)

Annual summary of notifiable diseases – Guam 2005, compiled by the Office of Epidemiology and Research, Department of Public Health and Social Services, Government of Guam (pdf, 291KB)

Activities

Revision of the International Health Regulations (2004):
WHO – Intergovernmental Working Group on the Revision of the International Health Regulations – Working paper for regional consultations – 12 January 2004 (PDF, 263KB)

National Focal Points for the International Health Regulations – Draft 2003 (Word, 25 KB)

WHO – Global Crises – Global Solutions – Managing public health emergencies of international concern through the revised International Health Regulations, 2002 (PDF, 972 KB)

Materials used at the First Regional EpiNet Workshop held in September 2003:
1 – Proposed Draft Decision Instrument for Assessment of Public Health Emergencies (PDF, 20 KB)

2 – Core Requirements in Public Health Surveillance and Response for the operation of the Revised International Health Regulations by WHO Member States (PDF, 17 KB)

3 – Notification of Public Health Emergencies of International Concern under the revised IHR (PDF, 15 KB)

4 – Defining core capacities in surveillance and response under the revised IHR (PDF, 10 KB)