Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce Support for E-health

14 May 2014
Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce Support for E-health
Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce Support for E-health


Thanks to generous contributions to a campaign organized by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (CCAB), based in São Paulo, Brazil, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has received US$ 54,000 and will be able to implement its E-health system in 3 more of its 21 health centres in Gaza.

On 13 May 2014, HE Paulo França, Ambassador of Brazil to Palestine, Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza and Dr. Akihiro Seita, UNRWA Director of Health, attended a ceremony to initiate the implementation of the E-health system at Ma’an Health Centre in the southern Gaza Strip.

Mr. Turner welcomed Ambassador Françaand thanked CCAB and the Brazilian people for the continued support they have shown towards Palestine refugees and UNRWA. Mr. Turner said: “We are very grateful for this donation, which enabled the Agency to purchase and install 60 computers in three health centres in Gaza.” The Brazilian contribution will improve the quality of service that the Agency provides to over 90,000 Palestine refugees.

At the implementation ceremony, the Brazilian Ambassador said: "The contribution of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce to UNRWA may be modest in numbers but is meaningful and representative of the strong ties of solidarity and friendship that Brazil as a whole, State and civil society, has with Palestine. Brazil hopes that this contribution can assist in bringing a better and more efficient health service to the people in Gaza."

Dr. Seita emphasized the importance of the E-health system, which was first introduced in Gaza in May 2012. He said: “The E-health system will reduce paperwork and health-staff workload and subsequently will improve the quality of health services. It will also decrease the patient’s waiting time, increase the doctor-patient contact time and improve the accuracy and reliability of statistical information.”

CCAB has become an important partner of UNRWA in Brazil. Its fundraising campaign for UNRWA health activities in Gaza was held in São Paulo from September to December 2013, an initiative marking the beginning of what UNRWA hopes will be a long-standing partnership with the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and the Arab community in Brazil.

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. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s programme budget. 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 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem 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:

Sami Mshasha
Director of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)258 90724
Najwa Sheikh Ahmad
Acting Public Information Officer - Gaza Field Office
+972 597 920 542
+972 8 2887 488
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