Saudi Arabia and the King Salman Centre Support Vital Medical Treatment for Palestine Refugee Patients in Lebanon

30 April 2019

The King Salman’s Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSrelief) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) signed a US$ 1.5 million agreement to provide vital health care services in Lebanon. Under the Patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister of Republic of Lebanon, Mr. Saad-Eddine Rafiq Al-Hariri, the signing ceremony took place in Beirut between the General Supervisor of KSrelief and Adviser at the Royal Court, His Excellency Dr. Abdallah Al Rabeeah,and UNRWA Commissioner-General Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl.

This timely support will provide crucial access to tertiary medical care for the most vulnerable Palestine refugees in Lebanon through the Medical Hardship Fund (MHF), which is part of the Agency’s poverty reduction approach and which seeks to alleviate the financial burden of specialized treatments such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and Thalassemia on patients.

Expressing his deep gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to KSrelief, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said: “Saudi Arabia’s robust support is indispensable as it allows the Agency to assist the most vulnerable Palestine refugees during very painful episodes of their lives.  This contribution will better enable us to ensure that a patient suffering from a complicated medical condition and requiring costly treatment will be able to get that in a dignified way, a way that protects his or her right to healthcare.”  

Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, said: “The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre values its strategic partnership with UNRWA, through which we seek to reach those Palestinian refugees who are most in need of treatment. The agreement we signed today will hopefully help those suffering from catastrophic diseases that require long an expensive care.”

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre was established on 13 May 2015 under the high patronage and guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz. KSrelief aims to provide humanitarian aid and relief to those in need outside of the Kingdom’s borders. The Centre has provided humanitarian and development aid to more than 40 countries through international, regional and local partners in place. KSRelief has supported UNRWA across various programmes including health, food assistance and education.

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:

Tamara Alrifai
UNRWA Spokesperson
+962 (0)79 090 0140