The Republic of Palau Ministry of Health (MOH) – Division of Oral Health was very fortunate to have Dr. Mikio Ozawa who was recently in Palau assisting with dental procedures. Dr. Ozawa, a Medical Dentist, used his vacation time to pay a courtesy visit to Palau. He was accompanied by Dr. Satoshi Tajima, D.D.S, Ph.D. who also volunteered to provide.


dental assistance. Dr. Ozawa had visited Palau in August of last year when he participated in the 2016 Pacific Partnership. He had seen a need for dental care, especially for patients who required specialized care, and chose to return to Palau as a volunteer in order to provide much needed dental assistance.

Dr. Ozawa and Dr. Tajima assisted a total of sixty (60) patients with eighty-five percent (85%) of the patients being Palauans.

They offered dental care services such as diagnostic, endodontic, restorative, and oral surgeries that included alveoloplasty, splinting, and biopsy. A majority of the dental care provided was oral surgeries. The four-day mission was held from Monday, March 06, 2017 to Thursday, March 09, 2017.

The MOH Dental Team would like to express its thanks & appreciation to Dr. Ozawa and Dr. Tajima. The assistance that they offered the community of Palau is more than greatly appreciated, especially by the MOH Dental Team who supports the importance of proper oral health habits and practices. The MOH Oral Health Division is confident that the collaboration will strengthen the Ministry of Health’s long & warm friendship with Dr. Ozawa and Dr. Tajima. Thank you both again for volunteering your time and for your generous contribution.

The MOH Oral Health Division also received generous donations from Dr. Ozawa and Dr. Tajima. The donations are valued at approximately $3,637.00. Listed below are the donated items that will help the Ministry of Health greatly improve its dental capacity and its ability to provide essential services to the community of Palau. [/restrict]