12 July 2013
The Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates (UAERC) has signed an agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to support the reconstruction of Shu’fat Health Centre in Jerusalem. The UAERC contribution of US$ 2.1 million will enable UNRWA to rebuild and refurnish the health centre on the eastern edge of Jerusalem, which serves the 30 thousand Palestine refugees who live in Shu’fat Camp.
The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, said: "I am very pleased by this agreement. The construction of the West Bank Barrier has greatly impacted the lives of these residents, particularly in access to health services. With the support of UAERC, at least now they can look forward to receiving treatment in a modern health centre.” Mr Grandi noted that the agreement is another example of the important contributions made by to UNRWA by Arab donors, saying: “This shows how UNRWA and Arab donors can work together to help the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem."
The UAERC has been a regular supporter of the Agency’s work on behalf of Palestine refugees, having contributed frequently to providing food aid and undertaking shelter reconstruction projects in Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
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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 five 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$ 58.5 million.
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