The Lebanon Humanitarian Fund Taawon and UNRWA secure the sustainability of life-saving hospitalization for elderly Palestine refugees in Lebanon

05 February 2019
A Palestine refugee elderly from Nahr el-Bared refugee camp being treated at one of the hospitals contracted with UNRWA. © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Maysoun Mustafa

Taawon-Lebanon and The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will be able to sustain their support towards the life- saving hospitalization for elderly Palestine refugees in Lebanon through funding received from the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund (LHF) for 2019. UNRWA and Taawon, through Health Care Society (HCS), will partially fund the treatment and hospitalization to medical cases reported to the UNRWA Medical Hardship Fund in accordance with the policies of both programmes.

The “Life-saving Hospitalization Support to Elderly Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon” project will target a particularly vulnerable sub-population within the Palestine refugee from Syria (PRS) and Palestine refugee in Lebanon (PRL) living in all Palestinian camps and gatherings in Lebanon. Specifically, it will target elderly individuals (over 60 years of age) who are in need of support to pay their hospitalization fees.

Covering hospitalization expenses is vital to refugees since the majority do not currently benefit from any external forms of health insurance, and rely on UNRWA support. More than two-thirds of Palestine refugees in Lebanon live below the poverty line, with some 100,000 Palestine refugees living on US$ 6 or less a day.   

This collaboration embodies the common concerns shared by both parties to ensure continuity in providing coverage for critical medical treatment for elderly Palestine refugees. It is an essential intervention amidst the constant rise in the cost of health aid which puts refugees’ lives in danger.

About Taawon

Taawon – Lebanon is a non-profit independent institution. It was established in 1983 by a group of Palestinian businessmen and intellectuals in view of providing human development and support for Palestinians in the West Bank, including Jerusalem; the Gaza Strip; the 1948 territories and Palestine camps in Lebanon.

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
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