Extremadura Regional Government Supports UNRWA Health Programme in Syria

13 September 2013

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is pleased to welcome a new partner from Spain, the Extremadura Regional Government, and is grateful for its generous donation of EUR 100,000 (US$ 133,000). 

The contribution will help UNRWA purchase important medical equipment and distribute it among the Agency’s primary health centres in Syria, supporting high-quality diagnostic and treatment services for the Palestine refugee population.

The valuable support from Extremadura comes at an important moment, as the conflict in Syria has badly affected access to health care for Palestine refugees. Ongoing violence has closed many UNRWA health centres and reduced the number of daily medical consultations by over 60 per cent, which has devastating consequences for an already vulnerable population with high rates of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. 

Support from partners such as the Extremadura Regional Government has been instrumental in allowing UNRWA to continue providing services, including health services, to Palestine refugees in Syria. 

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Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 56 million.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0724
Maria Gonzalez
UNRWA Espana
Mobile: 
+34 91 702 7059
Office: 
+34 91 702 7059
Cristina Poveda
UNRWA Espana
Mobile: 
+34 91 702 7059
Office: 
+34 91 702 7059

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