Public health and Covid-19 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 3.1 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 2,402.78 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 15.7 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,103.03 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in Palau

Since the beginning of the pandemic until May 27th, 2023, a total of 6,000 infected people and 9 deaths have been reported in Palau.

The total of 6,000 infected people currently represents 33.16 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 51,032 vaccine doses have been administered as of March 10th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 18,573 people who have received at least one vaccination (102.7 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 12,885 people (71.2 percent).

18,278 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Palau (= 101.0 percent).
This makes Palau one of the best-supplied countries in the world. The vaccination rate is higher in 5 countries.

The data (apart from arithmetical rounding) are taken unchanged from WHO publications. Vaccination rates of over 100 percent are an indication that people were also counted who had been vaccinated in Palau but came from another country. Especially in times of vaccine shortage, many people have been vaccinated in other countries.

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 *9.50%8.14%

* DTP is a 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, 17.6 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in PalauThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Palau is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 4.8 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 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 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Drinking water supply

Explanation of the graph:
Red line: access to water supply via wells or delivered drinking water
Green bars: Permanent access to running and tested drinking water connection

About 91 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 100 peprcent of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 74 percent of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98 percent. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10 percent.


The above data correspond to the information from 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 COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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