Humanitarian Aid Work & Development Programs
Located southwest of the Philippines, Palau is made up of more than 200 mountainous islands and coral reefs. Like many other Pacific countries, the country experiences typhoons and is vulnerable to climate change. As a result of its small land mass and population, shortage of skilled labour, narrow economic base, fragile environment and geographic isolation, Palau faces significant development issues. While the standard of living is generally higher in Palau than in most other Pacific nations this is largely due to its reliance on aid from the United States.
Palau is one of the Pacific nations that we work with in the Pacific Disaster Management Partnership, founded in 2009 to help vulnerable Pacific nations prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
Responding to disasters together
To help communities prepare for and respond to disasters, Palau Red Cross and Australian Red Cross joined together in the Pacific Disaster Management Partnership in 2009.
We work with Palau Red Cross to train staff, make sure relief supplies are well stocked, establish links with community-based health and first aid programs and prepare for disasters (taking climate change into account). The partnership is part of Australian Red Cross's long-term humanitarian support for disaster management in the Pacific.