The National Coordinating Mechanism for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) distributed on December 7, 2018 the initial funds to its contractors, the local non-government organizations (NGOs) and agencies, in support NCD prevention and health promotion activities.
The funds were (and will be) awarded to the following nineteen (19) organizations/agencies: the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Palau, the Palau Behavioral Health Advisory Council, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the Ministry of Finance – Bureau of Public Service System (MOF BPSS), the DeWill a Klengar Foundation, the Palau Conservation Society (PCS), Ngerubesang Men’s Club, the Palau National Olympics Committee (PNOC), the Ngarchelong State Government, the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Palau, Palau Parents Empowered, the Belau Wellness Center Inc., the Airai Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the Palau Evangelical Church Youth, the Palau Association of Libraries (PAL), Ulekerreuil a Klengar (UAK), Palau Community College (PCC), the Ministry of Education (MOE), and Kotel a Deurreng.
According to the Republic of Palau Public Law 9-57 (RPPL 9-57), 10% of the annual revenue collected from alcohol & tobacco taxation will be used to support non-communicable disease prevention & health
promotion efforts within the community. Through RPPL 10-1 and 10-27, the 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau (10th OEK) authorized & appropriated $500,000 from the tax revenue to the National Coordinating Mechanism for NCDs (CM)-—a committee established through Executive Order 379-—to fund programs aimed at preventing non- communicable diseases & supporting the implementation of the Palau NCD Strategic Action Plan. The CM consists of members representing government ministries, semi-government agencies, private sectors, and civil society organizations.
The National Coordinating Mechanism held meetings & workshops with interested organizations/agencies regarding policies & regulations of the NCD Fund. Selected organizations receiving the funding support are required to submit a progress report, a financial report, and a final report that includes an evaluation.
For more information, please contact the MOH Prevention Unit at (tel): 488-8118 or the MOH NCD Unit at (tel): 488-7252. (PR)