For over 60 years, UNRWA has significantly improved the health of Palestine refugees. Diseases preventable by vaccines and other communicable diseases have been almost eradicated, and infant, child and maternal mortality rates have declined.
Despite these achievements, we remain continuously challenged by outbreaks of conflict, notably in Lebanon, Syria, and the occupied Palestinian territory, where doctors’ and nurses’ attendance at their health centres was jeopardized by frequent closures and checkpoints. The context in which we work is also changing on a daily basis: global healthcare costs continue to rise, Palestine refugee populations continue to grow and the burden of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and cancer is expanding.
We are reforming our health care system to meet these challenges, starting with the introduction of a holistic family health team approach.