UNRWA inaugurates Amman New Camp health centre in Jordan

30 November 2011

30 November 2011
Amman

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, with the support of the Government of the United States of America, has inaugurated a new health centre in Wehdat, Jordan, a project worth nearly US$ 2 million.

The Amman New Camp health centre inaugurated today provides health care services to approximately 145,000 beneficiaries living in Wehdat (Amman New Camp) and the surrounding area. The new health centre has a broad range of community medicine and other care services.

At the inauguration, Ms. Kelly T. Clements, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State said: “This project will contribute to the sustainable human development of Palestine refugees in Amman New Camp and the surrounding areas, by improving their access to primary health services. It is part of a larger initiative to improve significantly the delivery of health services to Palestine refugees.”

The centre serves over 9,000 infants and children below three years of age, 1,300 pregnant women, 3,000 family planning users and over 4,000 patients suffering from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The utilisation of the health centre is high with an average of 100 daily medical consultations per doctor.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, UNRWA Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, said: “The new health centre will contribute greatly to the wellbeing of the society we serve. It has a broad range of community health facilities, including a cardiology unit, dental care units, outpatient services, care for patients with non-communicable diseases, laboratory services, mother and child health care and school health activities.”

The new health centre will enhance the quality of care provided by UNRWA in Wehdat and ensure a smooth delivery of service by implementing a proper patient flow mechanism therefore contributing to sustainable human development of registered Palestine refugees.

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For more information please contact:

Anwar Abu-Sakieneh
Public Information Officer
UNRWA Jordan Field Office
Mobile No. 079 5671 888
Email: a.abu-sakieneh@unrwa.org

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.

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