Contribution to UNRWA Health Program 2016
UNRWA aims at providing the best possible health care to Palestine refugees as a population whose lives have been conditioned for generations by social, political and economic forces well beyond their control. The UNRWA health program in the Palestinian Territories aims to help Palestine refugees to live long and healthy lives.
Specifically the program aims to:
• Increase the percentage of Health Centers with adequate stock of medicine at all times to 100%.
• Protect and promote family health by improving the preconception, antenatal, postnatal care and family planning services provided to Palestine refugee’s mothers. The project will contribute to increase the number of women attending preconception care by 10% in West Bank, from 1,957 in 2015 to 2,081 in 2016, and by 5 % in Gaza from 8,700 in 2015 to 9,222 in 2016.
• During 2016, the project will also contribute to increase the proportion of pregnant women attending at least 4 Ante Natal Care visits from 81.5% to 91.5% in West Bank and from 91.7% to 93.8% in Gaza.
• The project will contribute to maintain immunization coverage against vaccine-preventable childhood illnesses at current levels at 99% and
• improve patients with diabetes under ‘control’ from 46% to 47.9% in Gaza and from 37.7% to 41.3% in West Bank.
Target group / Beneficiaries
The Austrian contribution will benefit Palestine refugees through UNRWA healthcare services in Gaza and the West Bank: A total of 495.000 persons can be reached by the increased Austrian contribution. This number comprises: Infants and children, pregnant women and diabetic patients in Gaza and the West Bank. In total, UNRWA services are accessible to 1,280,850 Palestine refugees in Gaza and to 463,433 Palestine Refugees in the West Bank.
UNRWA has 65 health centers and sub-centers throughout the West Bank and Gaza by in which they provide their medical services to Palestinian refugees (22 in Gaza Strip and 43 in the West Bank). Moreover, UNRWA contracted 20 hospitals in West Bank and Gaza Strip to provide surgical services including gynecology and delivery operations to the Palestinian refugees based on established cost-sharing formula for this particular purpose. This project will contribute to ensure adequate and timely availability of essential medicines and supplies through the procurement of medical and laboratory supplies as well as educational materials for UNRWA Health Centers and Clinics in the West Bank and Gaza.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been providing health care for Palestine refugees in the Near East for over 6 decades. Today, UNRWA’s network of 65 primary health care facilities and mobile clinics provides the foundation of its health assistance to a rapidly growing population of 2.3 million Palestine refugees in the West Bank and Gaza, offering preventive, basic and advanced medical care services tailored to each stage of life (i.e. family planning, medical checkups and vaccination, providing midday meals to children, treatments and management of non-communicable diseases, in addition to prenatal, perinatal and post-natal follow up and infant care). This grant contributes to the UNRWA health program for all the Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (with a total budget of approx. 126 million USD for 2016) and is specifically earmarked towards the 2015 health program for Palestinian Refugees in Gaza and the West Bank (with a budgeted USD 61 million for the 2.8 million refugees in the Palestinian Territories).