UNRWA opens new health centre in Khan Eshieh

28 April 2009

28 April 2009


Ms. Maura Connelly, the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Syria, inaugurated a new health centre for Palestine refugees in the Khan Eshieh Camp, today, 28 April 2009.

The United States government provided UNRWA with US$ 311,500 to replace an old dilapidated building. The new health centre will provide health services to approximately 19,000 Palestine refugees living in the Khan Eshieh Camp. It is one of 23 UNRWA health centres in Syria.

Ms. Karen Koning AbuZayd, UNRWA Commissioner-General thanked the US government for its contribution saying: "We are immensely grateful to the US government for its generous contribution. This contribution sends a powerful signal of support from the US to the Palestine refugees that we serve." She also expressed her appreciation to the Syrian government for the efforts it exerts in supporting programmes.

Ms. Connelly highlighted that the US Government has been supporting a number of UNRWA projects including school and health centre reconstruction. "This contribution is a further evidence of the US government‘s commitment to assist Palestine refugees. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of UNRWA staff to support the Palestine refugees and thank the Syrian government for its generosity in hosting the refugees these many years. " Connelly said.

Mr. Ali Mustafa, Director-General of the General Authority for Palestine Refugees (GAPAR) expressed his thanks to both the Syrian government for its consistent support and to the US government for this generous contribution. He reiterated the importance of providing UNRWA with ongoing support in order for the Agency to serve Palestine refugees until a final settlement to their problem is achieved.

The United States is UNRWA‘s largest bilateral donor. In 2008, the US government provided US $185 million to UNRWA‘s programs in the region.

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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 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank 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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