Ramadan Funds Support Patients in Need of Critical Surgical Interventions

01 August 2017

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced today that it has decided, along with Taawon-Lebanon (Welfare Association) in Lebanon, it would extend the appeal launched during the holy month of Ramadan to cover the treatment of five Palestinian patients in Lebanon in dire need of critical surgical interventions.

The appeal, which seeks to raise US$ 116,000, has so far been a success, with donations exceeding US$ 60,000 to date, in addition to several pledges. Thanks to the funds raised, 14-year-old Hanane was able to undergo a crucial surgery on her spine.

The surgery was covered by several donations, including US$ 10,000 from Taawon-Lebanon (Welfare Association) in Lebanon, US$ 5,000 from the Palestine Children’s Relief Association, US$ 12,000 from the Kuwait Red Crescent Society, US$ 2,500 from the Palestine Liberation Organization, US$ 1,250 from the Health Care Association, and US$ 800 from the Zakat Fund.

“My daughter is reborn,” says Hanane’s mother. “She spent more than six hours under surgery, and now she is walking again! I can’t describe my joy! I can’t thank enough those who helped my daughter lead a normal life again!”

UNRWA and Taawon-Lebanon (Welfare Association) would like to extend this appeal and invite donors, whether individuals, associations or institutions, to help provide the amounts needed to cover the treatments of the remaining four cases. For example, a cochlear implant is needed for 4-year-old Mahmoud at an estimated cost of US$ 24,000. This surgery is Mahmoud’s only hope to restore his hearing and speech capacity and to attend school like other children his age. Another surgical intervention is needed to implant a device that prevents recurrent epilepsy seizures for Mona, a 36-year-old mother of three, and for 8-year-old Nourhane and 5-year-old Malak. Each surgery costs US$ 20,000.

UNRWA is the only party providing medical coverage for Palestine refugees in Lebanon. However, many complex and costly medical cases do not benefit from full coverage, making refugees dependent on donations from local, Arab and global institutions and bodies, as well as individuals.

UNRWA and Taawon-Lebanon (Welfare Association) would like to extend their deepest thanks to all donors that helped provide the requested amounts, in particular the Kuwait Red Crescent Society, the Palestine Children’s Relief Association, the Health Care Association, the Palestine Liberation Organization, Zakat Fund and the many individual donors who did not reveal their names.

The appeal continues until 31 August 2017. 

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Alternatively, contact Taawon-Lebanon at the following numbers:
009611850219 – 009611850218

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:

Anne Colquhoun
Communications Manager – Lebanon (English)
+961 76 884475
Huda Samra
Communications Advisor – Lebanon (Arabic and Francophone)
+961 81 666 134
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