Republic of the Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands
At a Glance
  • State Population: 53,158
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Infectious Disease Outbreaks, Drought, High Waves
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2016: Hepatitis A & Mumps Outbreak; 2015: Zika Response
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $426,964
    FY 2020: $409,243
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $496,179
    FY 2020: $1,103,263
PHEP-funded staff (rounded)
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 1
  • Other*:4

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Emergency Operations Coordinator
  4. Medical Surge
  5. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
Stories from the Field
Protecting Residents and Visitors from Zika Virus

In January 2016, the Republic of Marshall Islands’ Ministry of Health identified its first suspected Zika case, with more cases identified in the region later that year. The Ministry of Health distributed PHEP-funded Zika Prevention Kits to pregnant women as well as educational pamphlets on Zika prevention to incoming travelers. It also instituted a health education campaign that included posters, flyers, radio and television ads, and text messages. Health officials visited people with suspected Zika, maintained an updated pregnancy registry that included Zika testing results, and helped support mosquito control activities.

Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 12:50 PM