On January 30, new JICA Volunteer, Ms.FUNAKI Norie, arrived in Palau.

FUNAKI will work as a nutritionist for promotion of health of Palauan people at NCD Unit, Bureau of Public Health, Ministry of Health and Human Services. She is the second JICA volunteer to be assigned to the office following Ms.YAMAZAKI Maki, who is now working as physical education volunteer. Now the NCD Unit has two JICA volunteers, one in the field of nutrition and the other in the field of exercise, it is expected to accelerate the efforts to solve the NCD problem by enhancing the approaches from both nutrition and exercise.

With Funaki’s arrival, the total number of JICA volunteers working in Palau has reached 20. Within this year, the program aims to accelerate the number to more than 30.

The JOCV Program in Palau began in 1997. Since then, nearly 300 Japanese volunteers (JOCVs) have been dispatched to Palau. JOCVs have been highly recognized among Palauan people for their contribution to the development of the society and human resource in Palau through their grassroots activities. There are many Japanese nationals who aspire to contribute to the development of the world where there is a great need for JOCVs.

To learn more about this and other JICA Programs, contact the Ministry of State or JICA Palau Office, or visit https://www.jica.go.jp/english or Facebook, JICAPalauOffice.


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