The India-UN Partnership Fund (South South Cooperation) has granted support for the “Building Resilience: Community Health Center Improvement” Project to be implemented by Palau’s Ministry of Health (MOH). The project will focus

on improving the facilities and equipment’s of nine community health centers as well as upgrading the communication network system in order to provide better health care services to the people of Palau. The project is implemented in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

The “Building Resilience: Community Health Center Improvement” Project will focus on three goals: renovation/retro-fitting of each community health center and assessing equipment; assessing the Belau National Hospital equipment and retro- fitting hospital’s space; and the construction of a sub-hospital in Melekeok State. By improving the facilities and medical equipment, MOH will ensures that the community health centers are well-prepared to provide primary health assessments and services. The community health centers are located in areas outside of Koror.  Improvement of the health care centers will provide people living outside of the main town with convenient access to primary health care services without having to commute to the main hospital.

The India-UN Development Partnership Fund was established by the Government of India last year. It aims to assist developing countries with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By supporting Palau’s project, the fund will support the country in achieving the “SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being Goal.” Funding support will be provided in three phases: 1) $250,000 in the initial phase; 2) $1 million in the second phase; and 3) an amount to be determined in the final phase after a cost assessment for a new hospital has been conducted by an engineer. Phase three is contingent on the completion of the first and second phases.

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. declared 2018 as the “Year of Good Health” for the Republic of Palau. The “Building Resilience: Community Health Center Improvement” Project supports the President’s initiative for providing and delivering basic health services to the community. Goals set by the project suport the SDGs set by the United Nations, specifically in regards to health, as well as the proclamation for good health declared by the President of the Republic of Palau.

MOH would like to thank & recognize the Government of India, the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, the UN Office for South South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Through this generous assistance from the Government of India and partners, Palau’s medical services will become more accessible and readily available for its people & residents alike.