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).