Brazil Ambassador to Palestine extends medical support to Gaza during annual visit

25 March 2015


The Ambassador of Brazil to Palestine His Excellency Paulo França, visited UNRWA’s Rimal Health Centre in Gaza City today to see the impact of Brazil’s medical support for Palestine refugees in Gaza.

The event honoured the partnership between the Brazilian Government and the Agency, which amongst the nation’s ongoing humanitarian support has helped UNRWA replenish some of its critical medical supplies left exhausted by the 2014 summer hostilities. The Brazilian Government generously donated five emergency medical kits (35 boxes of medical supplies) to UNRWA contributing to the Agency’s efforts in providing basic medical assistance to Palestine refugees in Gaza. The supplies of antibiotics, diabetes and hypertension medication and medical disposables were distributed to Rimal Health Centre in Gaza City, where 130,000beneficiaries were cared for last year.

UNRWA’s Deputy Director of Operations in Gaza, Mr. Scott Anderson said: “Brazil is an important friend to UNRWA and to Palestine refugees. The strong support for the people of Gaza voiced by Ambassador Franca during the recent hostilities and ongoing generous support, in addition to the medical kits, is contributing to giving the most vulnerable in Gaza a chance to survive in a consistently challenging environment.”

Brazil's support has helped UNRWA maintain reliable and responsive social services in Gaza, including health care, education and food assistance. In addition to financial support of almost USD $9 million since 2011; Brazil has donated 11,500 metric tons of rice, part of which was to cover the needs of rice in Gaza for the Agency’s emergency food programme in 2014.

Brazil also pledged an additional donation of 6,000 metric tons of rice for the Gaza emergency food assistance, for distribution this year. 

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.

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Sami Mshasha
Director of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
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Najwa Sheikh Ahmad
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