Red Crescent and UNRWA secure better hospital services in Lebanon

01 April 2010

Beirut
27 March 2010

On 27 March 2010, the Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), which contributes to improving hospitalisation services to Palestine refugees in Lebanon.

This new agreement aims to decrease the financial burden borne by Palestinian refugees and to strengthen the capacity of PRCS hospitals to respond to the needs of the population.

The tripartite agreement provides for the coverage of normal deliveries of non-risky pregnancies not covered routinely by UNRWA, of cataract and laparoscopic surgeries to all Palestinians living in Lebanon, and orthopaedic surgeries for children under 18 years old. The agreement shall also provide new essential equipment to PRCS hospitals and health centres, which are crucial for the improvement of quality in the hospitals, to meet the standards agreed upon between UNRWA and PRCS.

In this respect, the QRC will equip the PRCS Hamshari hospital with a phacoemulsification and a laparoscope machine. It will also work on building medical staff capacity to use this equipment for performing cataract and laparoscopic surgeries. Thus, Palestinian patients will be able to undergo such surgeries at Hamshari hospital within the terms and conditions agreed upon between UNRWA and the PRCS hospital.

This agreement will be an addition to the previous agreements signed lately between UNRWA and PRCS and the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health with the aim of improving health services for Palestine refugees in Lebanon and alleviating the financial burden that they used to suffer from.


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Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

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

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