In a context of protracted displacement and acute emergencies, Palestine refugee women and girls are also affected by occupation, blockade and conflict. Their situation is frequently made worse by persistent legal and social discrimination. UNRWA is strongly committed to gender equality through the provision of its services and management practices. While remaining committed to this principled approach, the achievements of recent years are at risk if UNRWA is unable to fill its funding gap.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 15 March 2018
Today the European Union has made available €82 million for the 2018 operating budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
This funding will provide access to education for 500,000 children, primary health care for more than 3.5 million patients and assistance to over 250,000 vulnerable refugees.
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the ministerial conference on support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in Rome today:
I thank Egypt, Jordan and Sweden for co-chairing this gathering. I also welcome the high-level presence of the League of Arab States, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the European Union. I would like to start by recalling a memorable encounter I had last year with students at an UNRWA school in Gaza.
The Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD) has contributed EUR 100.000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide psychological support to 1028 Palestine refugee children in Gaza thorough its Community Mental Health Program (CMHP).
Minister highlights UK’s commitment to supporting Palestinian refugees and calls on other countries to do more
The UK is supporting the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) to help educate 500,000 children and provide health services for 3 million Palestinian refugees, including those affected by the brutal conflict in Syria.
● Donations of $3.5 million avert a halt of emergency fuel program in Gaza, preventing the collapse of vital services; available funding will be exhausted by mid-2018.
● Newly-built classrooms demolished in a Bedouin community located in an area planned for settlement expansion; 44 schools in Area C and East Jerusalem at risk of demolition.
● Closure of a West Bank village, ongoing for over one month, generates hardship and raises concern about collective punishment.
Delivered at press conference in Beit Lahiya, North Gaza, 14 March 2018
Good afternoon. Members of the media, donors, national partners; thank you for coming.
Today in 700 UNRWA schools across the Middle East, thousands of students flew and carried kites to send a message of hope, demanding that all the schools run by the Agency remain open, in spite of the financial crisis confronting UNRWA. More than 500,000 students took part in kite flying events in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank, where the Agency provides a daily education to 525,000 children.
In February, the health sector was on the brink of collapse as fuel for generators was rapidly depleting. The MoH implemented strict contingency measures, including the partial closure of three hospitals and reduction of services in 23 primary healthcare clinics. By the end of February, donations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar for fuel, helped to restore some of the services, but the donations will only be enough for a period of up to 6 months, maximum until August.
DOHA, Feb 8 (KUNA) -- Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Thursday instructed that urgent aid worth 33 million Qatari riyals (US nine million) be provided to the Gaza Strip.
Qatari humanitarian aid includes medicine, medical and food supplies and fuel for hospital generators, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
The Qatari humanitarian gesture comes in response to the hard humanitarian conditions in the enclave due to a sharp shortage of medicine and fuel triggered off by the Israeli blockade on the Palestinian territory.
The Government of Japan has contributed US$ 23.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). yesterday, an agreement was jointly signed by the Japanese Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Mr. Takeshi Okubo, and the Chief Donor Relations of UNRWA, Mr. Marc Lassouaoui.
Reliable and affordable energy supply is crucial for the delivery of basic services such as health, water, sewage and education. However, in the Gaza Strip, home to almost 2 million Palestinians, a chronic electricity deficit has for more than a decade disrupted the delivery of such services. To allow for the maintenance of a minimum level of critical services, humanitarian agencies provide donor-funded emergency fuel to the most vital, life-saving health, water and sanitation facilities.
• WFP started implementing the new 2018-2022 Country Strategic Plan. WFP’s 2018 work plan will prioritise assistance in Gaza as per the greatest needs.
• Whilst the in-kind food entitlements were reduced for 55,000 people, assistance to 65,000 food-insecure people receiving cash-based transfers (CBT) in Gaza was suspended due to insufficient resources.
Summary: Annual overview and December 2017
2017 the lowest rate for approvals since WHO began active monitoring in 2008: 54% of patient applications to exit Gaza via Erez were successful. There has been a continuous decline in approval rates since 2012, when approximately 93% of patient applications were successful.
54 patients died while awaiting security approval for referrals out of Gaza: Approximately 85% of the patients who died while awaiting security permits had been referred for cancer investigations or treatment.
The occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is affected by a protracted crisis and chronic humanitarian needs. Palestinians are suffering from prolonged occupation, blockade of the Gaza Strip and longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza.
There has been a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza which impacts 2 million people and is life-threatening for vulnerable patients.
WHO and health partners urgently require US$ 11.2 million to fill priority health needs for 1.27 million people in Gaza for three months. Of this amount, WHO requires US$2.4 million. If funding is not urgently secured, 1,715 patients will immediately face a life threatening situation, including: 113 newborns, 100 patients in intensive care units, 702 patients requiring hemodialysis 200 patients in need of surgery, 100 women in need of obstetric surgeries, 500 patients in need of emergency care.
The Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) is WHO’s medium-term strategic vision to guide its work in support of a country’s national health policies, strategies and plans and to support a country’s development efforts within the Sustainable Development Agenda. The CCS forms the basis for the formulation of WHO’s biennial country work plans with the Ministry of Health, and functions as a tool for harmonizing cooperation with partner United Nations (UN) organizations.