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Contact: Gaafar Uherbelau
Community Advocacy Program
Tel: 488-2002 Fax: 488-0543
Email: gaafar.uherbelau@palauhealth.org

Confirmatory test results of samples taken from PMA farm workers and patients at the Belau National
Hospital have returned negative for Avian Influenza (Bird Flu). The results were received by the Ministry
of Health on April 5, 2014 from a reference lab in Hawaii; however, further testing on samples taken
from the dead chickens will be conducted in the US mainland.

While results are awaited and investigation continues to determine the birds’ possible causes of death,
the public is urged to refrain from using and consuming PMA poultry products until investigations have

Furthermore, as seasonal flu cases remain high, the public is also reminded to continue practicing
hygienic habits including proper hand-washing and coughing etiquette to minimize the spread of the

Additional updates will be provided as soon as they are available. For more information about flu
prevention and seasonal flu vaccines, contact the Communicable Disease Unit (CDU) at 488-2450 during
regular working hours.

On March 17th to 28th, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF), together with the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), held a training on “Economic Tools for Marine Conservation” at PICRC’s Kedarm Conference Room. CSF is an international non-governmental environmental conservation organization with a mission to sustain natural ecosystems and human communities through strategies powered by conservation economics. It is the leading organization advancing conservation solutions powered by economics. Their trainings, analyses and timely expertise make development smarter, quantify the benefits of nature, and create enduring incentives for conservation.

Twenty-five participants from Palau, FSM, Indonesia and Fiji attended the training. The objective of the training was to provide participants with the economic skills and knowledge that enables them to develop more successful strategies for managing their natural capital and keep marine resources so that they can continue to deliver benefits for both current and future generations. According to Ms. Mingrang Kloulechad, PICRC’s business manager, PICRC is delighted with its partnership with CSF, so that the important topic conservation economics can be highlighted. Instructors for the course were drawn from experts all over the world, including staff from CSF, Harvard University, University of British Columbia, Office of Environment and Heritage, Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Geosciences (SOPAC).
This training highlights PICRC’s efforts in collaborating with partners and other organizations to provide necessary tools to support effective management and sustainable use of coastal resources and conservation. PICRC’s mission is to be an international Center of Excellence to support conservation and management for the perpetuation of marine and associated environments through research and education that is significant to Palau and relevant to the world.

Contact: Gaafar Uherbelau
Community Advocacy Program
Tel: 488-2002 Fax: 488-0543
Email: gaafar.uherbelau@palauhealth.org

The Bureau of Public Health and the Bureau of Agriculture are informing the public that investigation is ongoing at the PMA poultry farm in Ngerikiil, Airai where approximately 300 chickens have died since reports were received yesterday morning.

At the moment there are no confirmed cases of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) or any other disease transferred between the birds and people. However, the PMA poultry farm has been quarantined and the public is urged to remain clear of this area and its surroundings while
investigation continues.

As a precautionary measure, the public is urged to continue practicing healthy habits such as proper hand washing and coughing/sneezing etiquettes in order to prevent the flu. In addition, seasonal flu vaccines will be available free of charge starting Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Belau National Hospital foyer for those who have not received it yet.

Furthermore, while investigations are ongoing, the public is urged to refrain from further consumption of PMA poultry farm products including chickens and eggs and the use of chicken manure fertilizers from PMA farm.

The public is also asked to call 911 to report any clusters of sick or dead birds and are urged not handle the birds.

Further updates will be disseminated through the media as soon as they are available. For more information on how to prevent the flu, contact the Communicable Disease Unit Hotline at 775-2822.

The Senate hosted the 2nd Youth Mock Congress on March 11, 2014, where 2 participants from each of the high schools in the Republic of Palau attended.

The participants were Mr. Austein Ngiraked and Mr. Judah Sibetang of Emmaus High School; Ms. Thalia Tmarsel and Ms. Jaycee Nolan of Palau Mission Academy; Mr. Joseph Patris and Ms. Jennifer Nakamura of Mindszenty High School; Mr. Wade Kitalong and Ms. Turang Rengiil of Palau High School; Ms. Lucy Aguon and Ms. Jael Alexander of Bethania High School; and Ms. Api-Sai E. Wasisang and Mr. Ives O. Rdialul of Belau Modekngei School. Continue reading

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) has recently hired Mr. David Koro Idip, Jr. as a Database Manager. Dave will focus primarily on improving PICRC’s data management system. With the increasing number of research projects and monitoring programs being conducted by PICRC, it is now necessary to improve the data management system to ensure that all the data are maintained properly and easily assessable for analyses and reporting. With Dave’s background and expertise in Geographic Information System (GIS), he will be able to strengthen PICRC’s efforts to use GIS to present and summarize data, therefore making the information more accessible and easier to understand and visualize. Continue reading

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