covid-19 weekly update 8 - 21 june 2020

29 July 2020
UNRWA staff with support from the Palestine Red Crescent Society work to distribute critical medication during the COVID-19 outbreak in the West Bank. © 2020 UNRWA Photo


  • The UNRWA Health Department is leading on the Agency’s COVID-19 response and issues a one-page daily sitrep with the latest epidemiological figures.
  • The school year 2019/2020 has ended in all UNRWA Fields of Operations (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza Strip and the West Bank). The emphasis is now on planning for Catch Up and Back to School with ongoing meetings of all Chiefs and HQ, plus contributions to regional and national webinars on the issue as highlighted in the Partnerships section below. There is also emphasis on articulating and researching lessons learned during the shutdown period, including the overall Education in Emergencies (EiE) response, the specific areas of focus, for instance self-learning materials, psychosocial support, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the findings of Agency-wide parent surveys on technological access, technology platforms and the forthcoming survey on the teachers’ support. Work has begun on the UNRWA Guide to Education in the COVID-19 context. This will draw on UNRWA lessons learned and the work of partners – UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).