The Indian government, through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), had extended $1.5-M to Palau to help upgrade the country’s community health centers.

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of the project Wednesday, May 1, while the UNOPS executive director Ms. Grete Faremo is also expected to sign it this month.

The project was in response to Palau’s request from the government of India last year upon the former’s declaration of 2018 as the “Year of Good Health”.

Through the funding, Palau will be able to rehabilitate six community health centers in the country.

Remengesau, during the signing of the MOU, had thanked the government of India for the support, saying that upgrading health services will help improve Palauans’ quality of life.

The project is said to be UNOPS’s first project in Micronesia, according to the information from the office of the president. UNOPS is also expected to open its first Pacific office in Palau.

This project was first divulged to the media by Indian Ambassador to Palau Jaideep Mazumdar, during the sidelines of the celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday at Taj Palau on October 2 last year.  (Rhealyn C. Pojas)