Mercy-USA contributes to vital UNRWA programs in Gaza – occupied Palestinian territory

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has signed an agreement with Mercy-USA for Aid and Development to provide essential health and education interventions to Palestinian refugees living in the Gaza Strip.

The contribution of US $ 250,000 will fund some 3,500 mammograms for Palestinian refugee women at risk. Additional health interventions include the provision of medical equipment for visual screening, ensuring that more than 90,000 students are screened for visual impairment through services run by UNRWA school health teams. Blood glucose monitors and blood glucose monitors for hundreds of Palestinian diabetic refugees, mostly children, will also be provided.

The contribution will also support educational services for 520 visually impaired refugee girls and boys who receive care at the UNRWA Rehabilitation Center for the Visually Impaired (RCVI). The funding will be used to provide dozens of tablets to students to ensure access to education, especially in the event of a return to distance learning in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mercy-USA is also funding improvements and repairs to the yard and solar power system at the RCVI facility, with the goal of improving the learning environment for students and their teachers. Through its specialized education, rehabilitation, counseling and life skills courses, RCVI has helped thousands of visually impaired students develop the skills and confidence they need to successfully overcome barriers to learning. access to education and employment opportunities in Gaza. This is Mercy-USA’s third round of funding to UNRWA RCVI, providing invaluable support to essential services provided by the Center.

UNRWA’s health, education, relief and social services programs are three of the Agency’s main programs for Palestinian refugees in its five focus areas. In Gaza alone, the UNRWA Health Department has historically recorded an average of 4 million patient visits to 22 health centers each year. In addition, the Agency is proud to provide free primary education to more than 286,000 girls and boys in 278 schools in the 365 km² enclave.

Mercy-USA, the Agency’s long-standing partner, seeks to alleviate human suffering by supporting projects focused primarily on health, nutrition, and economic and educational empowerment.

Background information:

UNRWA faces increased demand for services resulting from an increase in the number of registered Palestinian refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and the deepening of their poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been overtaken by growing needs. As a result, UNRWA’s program budget, which supports the provision of basic essential services, is operating with a large deficit. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to make every effort to fully fund the Agency’s program budget. UNRWA’s emergency programs and key projects, which also operate with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to Palestinian refugees registered in the Agency’s area of ​​operations, namely the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, while waiting for a just and lasting solution to their plight. Thousands of Palestinian refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the 1948 conflict have remained displaced and need significant support for more than seventy years. UNRWA helps them realize their full potential for human development through the quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, infrastructure and improvement of camps, microfinance and emergency aid. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.


Sami Mshasha
Communication director, spokesperson in Arabic
Mobile: +972 (0) 54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0) 258 90724
Email: [email protected]

Tamara alrifai
UNRWA spokesperson
Mobile: +962 (0) 79 090 0140
Email: [email protected]

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