Palau Community Environmental Health Development Project (PCEHDP)
The Palau Ministry of Health Division of Environmental Health’s PCEHDP plans to implement vector control and prevention activities that will focus on the reduction of vectorborne diseases. Specific proposed activities include implementation of comprehensive rat surveillance, enhancement of dengue fever and Leptospirosis surveillance and control activities, improvement of existing environmental health workforce by building capacity, improvement of overall state sanitation scores within all Palauan states, and planning for and ensuring sustainability of project activities within each state sanitation department.
PCEHDP will conduct a rodent density survey pilot project for baseline data on rodent density. The project will include the Palau integrated pest management (IPM) intervention. PCEHDP will analyze the data and evaluate and improve the Palau IPM Intervention before implementation throughout the Republic of Palau.
Successful State Collaborations (Government and Residents)
Successful Collaborations With Other Agencies
- Public Health Communicable Disease Control Department
- Community Advocacy Program
- Emergency Health Program
- Palau Community Health Center
- Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board
- Bureau of Agriculture
- Palau Solid Waste Mgmt Committee
- Ownership of state operational plan by state government and residents
Two main barriers to this project’s success were funding reductions and the procurement process. The procurement process has improved since January 2006, when the local vendor requirement was eliminated for off-island orders.
What Is Next
PCEHDP is expected to meet its modified goals and objectives over the next 18 months.
The final outcome will be implementation of Palau Integrated Pest Management (Palau IPM) throughout Palau. Palau IPM is IPM that incorporates comprehensive household sanitation improvement and household health education and promotion.
Palau IPM can be implemented throughout the world.