On February 1, 2017, Ambassador of Japan Toshiyuki Yamada formally handed over a brand new vehicle to Belau National Hospital, as part of the grant which valued US$25,109 in total, under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) . [restrict]

Through “The Project for Improving Community Health Care of Belau National Hospital”, one brand new SUV vehicle was granted to Community Health Unit under the Bureau of Public Health. This vehicle will be dedicated to visiting homebound patients in Koror and Babeldaob every day to provide clinical services. Medical equipment were also granted and expected to arrive in Palau shortly.

Since Japan launched the GGP in Palau in 1999, the Government of Japan has been actively supporting primary health care in Palau through the GGP. This is the sixth GGP project that the Japanese Government funded to Belau National Hospital through the GGP, following the procurement of two dental units in 2015.

This GGP project will enable Community Health Unit to provide medical services for the patients more frequently by increasing the number of home visits with the new means of transportation. Furthermore, the GGP project will contribute to increasing capacity of Community Health Unit, the only agency that provides medical services to homebound patients in Palau, and will enable individuals with special needs to have better access to health care.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Yamada congratulated the sixth GGP Project that was implemented with BNH and hoped that the new vehicle would be well used and maintained by Community Health Unit and MOH for a long-term use and that it would lead to further development of friendship between Japan and Palau.

The Handing over Ceremony was held at the Belau National Hospital and attended by Director of Public Health Sherilynn Madraisau, Director of Hospital and Clinical Services Dr. Kathy Ngemaes-Maddison, Director of Nursing Rufina Takashi, and related MOH staff.
For further information about the GGP, please contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at http://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/En/index.html. [restrict]