UNRWA able to continue assisting 18 kidney dialysis patients in northern Lebanon thanks to European support

13 September 2013

Thanks to an emergency donation to UNRWA, just received from two European countries in response to the Agency's humanitarian appeal in the North, UNRWA will be able to continue to support 18 registered patients from the North in receiving urgent and ongoing kidney dialysis treatment. The patients would otherwise be in a life-threatening situation. For the 18 registered patients, there are two options:
1. The Agency is able to commit to cover 50 USD for each session of kidney dialysis for each patient for the next six month period at two private and one governmental hospital in the North. This amount is based on the availability of funds from the two contributions but the remaining cost of each session will have to be borne by the beneficiaries. UNRWA has successfully managed to negotiate reduced rates for this treatment at the above referenced hospitals providing such services to Palestinian patients in the North.
2. Alternatively, UNRWA has agreed with PRCS that patients can be treated at Hamshari Hospital in the Saida area, a partner of UNRWA, at the expense of the Agency. The treatment would be fully covered for the six month period, but only if it is received at Hamshari Hospital.
UNRWA continues to seek ways to better support these patients and other Palestinian patients in need of assistance and is hoping to find more partners to support the most vulnerable cases.

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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 more than US$ 106  million.

For more information, please contact:

kawthar Fahs
Lebanon Field Office, Beirut
(+ 961 1) 840468
(+ 961 1) 840468