8th March 2018 Scoop World

Noumea (SPC) The Pacific Community (SPC) and Agence française de développement (AFD) join forces in strengthening public healthsurveillance and response capacities to tackle epidemics, emerging transmissible diseases, antimicrobial resistance and climatic disaster impacts in the Pacific.

The national French development agency will support the Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) over three years, budgeting € 3 million. Mr. Cameron Diver, SPC Deputy Director-General, and Philippe Renault, Head of the AFD Office in Nouméa, signed the agreement today. Also present was Ambassador Christian Lechervy, Permanent Secretary for the Pacific and Permanent Representative of France to the Pacific Community and the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Diver expressed his gratitude to the French Government. “By boosting its financial support to PPHSN, France makes a massive contribution to health security in the Pacific. This funding also contributes to the strengthening of France-CPS relations in view of the multi-year partnership currently being prepared and which is expected to be signed during the first half of this year”, he said.

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