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Palau CHC

Palau Community Health Center

The Palau Community Health Center is located in Koror, Republic of Palau (Belau). It was established in 1986 and is operated in partnership with the Bureau of Public Health’s Division of Public Health and Preventive Services.  The integration of CHC goals and activities with those of the Bureau of Public Health’s Division of Public Health and Preventive Services provides for a constant exchange of information, cooperation, and collaboration in service provision and resource sharing. Health for all has been a top priority in the socioeconomic development of Palau with the government working to provide enough trained and qualified staff to provide quality services in outlying dispensaries, including the more remote areas and islands, as well as at the main hospital in Koror.

Since February 1993, the PCHC has operated out of two sites – at the Belau National Hospital integrated with the outpatient department, and out of the old hospital site. A small portion of the staff (health assistants, RN’s, medical officers, and physicians) are deployed in the remote communities to provide health care to people in those communities.

Services provided by the PCHC include primary/urgent care, public health services such as immunization, well baby clinics, family planning, sanitation household checks and dispensing of medications to behavioral health patients who reside in the communities.

About the Community

Palau consists of more than 200 islands, of which only eight are permanently inhabited. The population is approximately 19,000, with approximately 70% living on the main island of Koror. More than 80% of the population is native Palauans, with the remainder primarily Filipino. The median age is 30.8 (up from 18.8 in 1980).

Similar to the other jurisdictions, key health issues include noncommunicable diseases – diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer – as well as tuberculosis, Hansen’s disease, and sexually transmitted diseases. While nearly all households on Koror have access to a pubic water source, water safety remains a concern. It is expected that environmental problems will increase with more foreign investment and workers on the islands in the coming years. Water pollution is a major concern due to the lack of sufficient land area for proper waste disposal. Progressive industrial development is expected to worsen both air and marine quality, damaging marine life and reefs in the process.

Palau CHC

Palau Community Health Center
Palau Ministry of Health
PO Box 6027
Koror, PW 96940
Phone: (680) 488-4804/4805
Fax: (680) 488-5618

Primary Contacts:

Edolem Ikerdeu
Interim Executive Director
edolem.ikerdeu@palauhealth.org

Dr. Ngirachisau Mekoll
Medical Director
ngirachisau.mekoll@palauhealth.org

2017 Palau Health Center Data
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