Palau: Health & Disability Programs

Airai Department of Youth and Aging
Programs include increasing the availability and accessibility of Adult Education (G.E.D.) Basic Traditional Skills Training for youth, improving sports facilities for the youth of Airai, and developing activities for senior citizens to participate in annually.
Ms. Debolyne Arurang, Coordinator
James Johanes, Assistant Coordinator
P.O. Box 8009
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 587-3511/2135
The Pacific Partnership for Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Services (PDB)
PDB represents a partnership between the Pacific Outreach Initiative at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii and the outlying Pacific Island nations/jurisdictions of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap), Guam, Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands.  The project works to increase the capacity of educational agencies to improve the results for children and young adults who are deaf-blind and their families to live, attend school, play, work and have friends in their communities.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Center on Disability Studies
Pacific Outreach Initiative
1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-5861 or (808) 956-9855
Palau Bureau of Education, Early Intervention Program
Elizabeth Watanabe, Coordinator
P.O. Box 189
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 488-2537
Palau Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs
The Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs strives to enhance the well-being of Palau’s senior citizens and operates a retail shop in Koror, where local crafts are created by hand with traditional materials and are available to tourists and residents.
Lillian Uludong, Executive Director
P.O. Box 100
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 488-2165/2575
Palau Ministry of Health
The mission of the Ministry of Health is to attain a healthy environment, promote health and social welfare, protect family and health safety, and provide health care services throughout Palau.
P.O. Box 6027
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 488-2212/488-2002
Palau Ministry of Health’s Behavioral Health Division, Palau observes Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” article in Marianas Variety newspaper, September 22, 2010
This article describes the activities conducted by the Division of Behavioral Health to recognize September as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and to remind individuals, families and the community that recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible. According to Alex Ngiraingas, Addiction Treatments Supervisor from theCommunity Guidance Center, a program for Bedochel Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery of the Division of Behavioral Health, a recorded audio skit was aired on Diaz Broadcasting twice a day about the effects of alcohol addiction in the family and how a recovery program helped them get back to a normal and happy life.  Also, the Community Guidance Center sponsored a luncheon for people in recovery to celebrate with them. The Center also scheduled games and activities at Emmaus High School, educating youth about substance and alcohol abuse, and a commencement ceremony was planned for Koror Jail inmates for completing the “Subelek 12 Steps Recovery Support Group” program.
Annabel Lyman, Administrator
P.O. Box 6027
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 488-1907
Palau Ministry of Health’s Behavioral Health Division,
Single State Agency for Substance Abuse Services
This website provides the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Directory of Single State Agencies (SSA) for Substance Abuse Services, as of May 6, 2010.
Stevenson J. Kuartei, M.D., Minister of Health
P.O. Box 6027
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 488-2813 and
Palau Ministry of Health’s Belau National Hospital
Koror, PW
(680) 488-2555 or 488-2552, ext. 178
Palau Ministry of Health Services’ Belau National Hospital, Di-reng Community Group
The Belau National Hospital, operated by the Palau Ministry of Health Services, organized a community group that members named “Di-reng,” a Palau word meaning “only will power of the heart.”  Members of this group are committed to making small changes to achieve healthy weight and develop healthy lifestyle habits, helping each other interpret food labels and learning to cook healthy meals and make healthy choices on a limited household budget. Testimonies based on members’ successes are shared to increase motivation and encouragement. Over three-quarters of the Di-reng members report making lifestyle changes to improve their health.  Di-reng members highlighted their group at Palau’s Public Health Convention and have appeared on local talk shows; as a result, interest in Di-reng is growing in other communities, and a Di-reng group is being developed for state workers.
Augusta Rengiil
Palau Bureau of Public Health
(680) 488-4804/5
Palau Ministry of Health’s Bureau of Hospital and Clinical Services
P.O. Box 100
Ngerulmud, PW 96940
(680) 767-2552
Palau Ministry of Health’s Bureau of Public Health, Client Assistance Program, Autism Advocacy
P.O. Box 6027
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 488-2813
Palau Ministry of Health’s Bureau of Public Health, Title V Program’s Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
This document from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration provides the Title V – Maternal Child Health National Performance Measures in terms of Palau’s 2009 State Results and 2014 State Goals.  Also included are the Title V Federal-State Block Grant Expenditures for Palau.
Sherilynn Madraisau, Family Health Unit/Maternal and Child Health Title V Administrator
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 488-2171
Palau Ministry of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DCP) 
The DCP has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1994. Activities supported by Palau DCP include assessing the risk of diabetes and awareness of the disease through the use of a survey tool used with government employees in eight of the national ministries; increasing public awareness by working with the Palau Nutritional Advisory Committee to increase national awareness of the importance of healthy eating to control diabetes and other chronic diseases; and improving the care of people with diabetes by developing diabetes care recommendations in collaboration with the national diabetes association.
P.O. Box 6027
Koror, Palau PW 96940
(680) 488-6262 and
Palau Ministry of Health’s Health Service Administration
P.O. Box 100
Koror, PW 96940
(680) 488-2552