Zaragoza Supports West Bank Mobile Clinics

10 July 2014

East Jerusalem 

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is grateful to the City Council of Zaragoza, Spain, for continued support to Palestine refugees. 

An UNRWA partner since 2006, Zaragoza has responded to the Agency’s Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) with EUR 75,000 (US$ 102,000). These funding will support mobile health clinics, which provide vital access to health services for vulnerable and isolated Palestine refugees in the West Bank. Over the 12-month period, the six mobile clinics will provide comprehensive primary health care and psychosocial support to 1,473 people, including 884 women. 

For Palestine refugees in the West Bank, access restrictions – including those related to the West Bank barrier and its associated permit regime – have had a major impact on quality of life, employment, livelihood, education and health services. With the support of partners like Zaragoza, UNRWA is able to adapt to the challenging circumstances and continue providing services to Palestine refugees who need them. 

This project as part of West Bank Health Program included in the annual emergency appeal, expects to facilitate access to health services in those populations isolated and with difficulties in accessing to health centers due to the occupation.  Psychological support will reduce stress caused by daily violence and large restrictions to movement. 

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,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 81 million. 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 .

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0724

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