Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society donates medicines to Palestine refugees in Lebanon

08 August 2016
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The Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society (KPHFS) has contributed US$ 200,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help Palestine refugees in Lebanon living with non-communicable diseases manage their conditions. The agreement will enable UNRWA to provide antidiabetic and antihypertensive medicines to approximately 13,700 Palestine refugee patients in Lebanon over the course of a year. The agreement was signed on 4 August by Omar Rifai, representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General and Chief of the Agency’s Arab Partners Unit, and Dr. Mohammad al-Sharhan, Chairman of KPHFS. 

“UNRWA cares for over 5 million registered Palestine refugees in its five fields of operations, and the treatment of non-communicable diseases, which require life-long care, remains one of our most critical health priorities,” said Mr. Rifai. “We therefore greatly welcome this generous contribution from KPHFS, which will help ensure the provision of the necessary medicines to Palestine refugee patients living with non-communicable diseases in Lebanon.”

Although this is the first agreement between UNRWA and the Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society, Kuwait as long been a consistent and reliable donor to UNRWA. In 2015, Kuwait contributed US$ 17 million in support of the Agency’s core programmes and services, as well as US$ 15 million to the 2015 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal.