Nutrition response: UNICEF delegation visits Burj Barajneh Camp

18 October 2022
UNICEF and UNRWA visit Burj Barajneh camp in Lebanon

A UNICEF delegation headed by the Global Director of Nutrition and Child Development, Mr Victor Aguayo, visited Burj Barajneh camp on Monday 17 October 2022. The visit highlighted the impact of the economic challenges on food and nutrition security for Palestine Refugees as the Agency continues to provide quality healthcare despite the overarching economic and financial challenges.

The delegation visited the health centre where they were briefed on the living conditions of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon as well as UNRWA activities in particular the Agency’s nutrition response amid a severe economic collapse in the country.

The visit spells out the continuous support of UNICEF to support UNRWA in alleviating the hardships of Palestine refugee population, in particular in addressing malnutrition, and more specifically stunting and micronutrient deficiencies amongst the most vulnerable Palestine refugees children and women.

Background Information: 

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations, namely the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. Thousands of Palestine refugees who lost both their homes and livelihood because of the 1948 conflict have remained displaced and in need of significant support for over seventy years. UNRWA helps them achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. 

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