On 12 March 2014, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) brought a delegation representing the Embassy of Japan in Amman to the West Bank, where they visited Am’ari camp and the UNRWA hospital in Qalqiliya.
In Am’ari, the Japanese officials met with UNRWA staff, who described the Agency’s services for camp residents. At the UNRWA health centre, the visitors learned about UNRWA health services and the upgrade to the E-health system, which will computerize and centralize health records. The Agency’s food-assistance programme is also undergoing reform, targeting recipients based on income indicators. Finally, UNRWA Area Sanitation Officer Rula Khalaileh informed the delegation about UNRWA work in the solid-waste removal in West Bank refugee camps.
At the Qalqiliya hospital, in the northern West Bank, the delegation was welcomed by Chief of the Field Health Programme, Dr. Umayieh Khammash, who briefed them about UNRWA health achievements and reform and highlighted the health risks facing Palestine refugees. Dr. Khammash expressed the Agency’s thanks to the Government of Japan, saying, “Japan’s support will help UNRWA to speed up the process of E-health implementation and will enhance the quality of health services provided. Without this support, we will not be able to implement this reform.”
Embassy First Secretary Yoji Hattori expressed his appreciation to UNRWA staff, saying: “I felt the appreciation of the Palestinian people and Palestine refugees for the people of Japan.”
In February, the Government of Japan made a generous donation to UNRWA, of which the majority, around US$ 10 million, will go to support health activities for Palestine refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory. Approximately US$ 3.7 million will assist the Agency in providing emergency food assistance, health and education services in Syria, while US$ 2.3 million will support the UNRWA response to the needs of displaced Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon. Some 2.25 million Palestine refugees across the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon will benefit will benefit from this generous donation.