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World Health Day 2020: UNRWA battling to contain the coronavirus pandemic
05 April 2020
On this World Health Day, as people around the globe battle the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Palestine refugees, who live in overcrowded refugee camps and suffer from food and job insecurity, are disproportionately at risk. UNRWA is responsible for the healthcare needs of 3.5 million Palestine refugees living across Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. In the midst of this pandemic, those needs have drastically increased.
UNRWA is doing its part to flatten the curve and has mobilized a number of prevention and control measures across its field of operations, including the issuing of hygiene products and protection gear to UNRWA staff, the distribution of educational pamphlets to refugees, the regular sterilization of camps and UNRWA facilities, and the support of students at home through our Education in Emergencies programme. UNRWA is committed to providing emergency relief and maintaining essential services like food assistance, education, and primary health care for the millions of Palestine refugees that depend on us, but in order to do so, we need your help.