Laboratory Quality Management and Biosafety

Laboratory development efforts across Timor-Leste, PNG and the Solomon Islands have involved the development of LQMS systems and Biosafety.  Our programs follow the stepwise WHO approach to LQMS.  These pages provide links to developed resources:

PRIDA Medical Microbiology Diploma course

To improve and standardise the training of medical pathologists in microbiology, PRIDA has developed an annual online medical microbiology course that originated in 2017 when it was attended by PNG pathology trainees.  The course has steadily expanded its student base since then with 13 scientists, doctors, and pharmacists, successfully graduating in 2020.   The faculty have expanded to 28 RCPA pathologists, scientists and researchers and there are 30 enrolled students (from 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region) enrolled in 2021. The course has become a pre-requisite for pathology training at the Fiji National University.  Attendence is free and successful completion leads to the award of a diploma. The current course commenced in March 2021. Enrolment for 2022 will be available in January.

Syllabus see- Medical Microbiology Postgraduate Diploma overview 2021 .

The PRIDA postgraduate education web resource reflects much of the previous course content.


The Pacific Region Infectious Diseases Association (PRIDA), formally established in 2017, is a group of medical and biomedical health care professionals who work in the Pacific region in a voluntary capacity to improve the diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases.

We collaborate with Pacific-based hospitals and health care professionals (including physicians, nurses, scientists and pharmacists), and provide mentoring and training at a grass roots level, to promote sustainable control of infectious diseases in the Pacific.

We strive to coordinate our activities with relevant governmental organisations and external organisations that have an active presence in the Pacific.

Understanding the desperate need for these projects in the Pacific, our healthcare professionals donate their time and expertise in good faith. As there are no professional fees and administration costs, 100% of funding is invested into the project to cover essential expenses. Funding is critical to the success of ongoing and future projects.

Our objectives are consultation, partnership, support, knowledge, empowerment, capacity building, communication, sustainability.

Our aim is to improve the local knowledge, diagnosis and management about infectious diseases in the Pacific region.

We focus on the currently neglected areas of infectious disease management including bacteriology, sepsis and life-threatening infection, antimicrobial resistance and hospital infection prevention.

An exciting day for the Solomon Islands with the arrival of the donated Blood culture instrument for the microbiology laboratory at the National Referral Hospital Honiara.  

From left to right: Elliot Puiahi, Joseph Ghidu, Cecil Tofirima and Hilda Zoleveke (May, 2018).


We are proud to announce the collaboration between the Pacific Region Infectious Diseases Association (PRIDA), Diagnostic Microbiology Development program (DMDP) and Therapeutic Guidelines (TG) to bring together an online clinical pharmacy and infectious disease management course for hospital pharmacists in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste in July 2021.

The Pacific Region Infectious Diseases Association (PRIDA) are a group of medical and biomedical healthcare professionals who work in the Pacific Region in a voluntary capacity with an aim to improve diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases.

The Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program (DMDP) are a team based in Cambodia who seek to build capacity for infectious diseases diagnosis by strengthening the infrastructure and technical capabilities of laboratory staff in clinical microbiology, biochemistry and hematology and by strengthening the capacity of health care providers to accurately diagnose infectious diseases, primarily in low resource settings.

Therapeutic Guidelines (TG) is an organisation which develops independent Australian guidelines for a wide range of topics. The TG Partnership Program aims to support the quality use of medicines and the development and distribution of guidelines in low resource settings, usually in low- and middle-income countries.

We are seeking hospital pharmacists with a special interest and expertise in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) to provide ongoing mentorship and support to the pharmacists of the Pacific Island Countries participating in the online clinical pharmacy and infectious disease management course.