Corona virus and healthcare in Palau

Healthcare in Palau

Healthcare in Palau is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Palau is 66.3 years for men and 72.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 3.6 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

In total, the sum of 1,723.46 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 10.9% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,111.08 USD (~ 9.9% of the respective GDP).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Palau

By August 23rd, 2021, 2 infected persons have been reported in the country, but not yet any deaths.The first confirmed infections were reported in August 2021, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 2 infected people represent 0.011% of the country's total population.

Fatalities have not yet been reported. Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths

Weight and size

Body height170 cm159 cm
Weight86.0 kg75.4 kg


PalauØ worldwide
Diabetes *17.90%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

PalauØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.08%
DTP *9.70%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Palau, 23.7% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
7 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in PalauThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Palau is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 4.8 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 21 physicians in Palau, there are about 1.18 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).