INCEPTION OF THE REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY

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INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE PPHSN PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY NETWORK

Noumea, New Caledonia

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APRIL 13, 2000

NETWORK

Significant progress in the establishment of epidemic control infrastructure in the Pacific will be achieved next week with the inaugural meeting of the Pacific Public Health Laboratory Network. This technical meeting, jointly sponsored by SPC and WHO, is being held on April 19-20 at SPC Headquarters in Nouméa. It will bring together laboratory specialists and health departments from Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia (Pasteur Institute) and French Polynesia (Malardé Institute). Representatives of New Zealand, Australian and United States laboratories will also be taking part, together with observers from regional organizations.

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For more information, please contact:

Mina Vilayleck

Surveillance Information Officer

Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Tel: 687 26 20 00 – direct line: 687 26 01 81 – e-mail: Minav@spc.int 

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