Contribution to UNRWA Health Program for Palestinian Refugees 2014

Contract partner: United Nations Relief and Works Agency Country: Palästinensische Gebiete Funding amount: € 1.500.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2014 End: 31.12.2014

Short Description:

Overall goal

Palestine refugees are especially vulnerable as they are a socially disadvantaged group whose lives have been conditioned for generations by social, political and economic forces well beyond their control. UNRWA has been providing health care for Palestine refugees in the Near East for over 6 decades. Today, a rapidly growing population of 5.4 million Palestine refugees is eligible for UNRWA services in the Near East. In keeping with the global advancements in disease prevention and life expectancy, the Palestine refugee populations have also aged, comprising of a larger elderly population and of people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. These demographic changes are placing an added economic burden on many families already suffering from generalized poverty and unemployment.

The population of Palestine refugees residing in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is estimated to be around 2.2 million. This population in particular is vulnerable to as well as suffers from the long-term deleterious health effects of socio-economic hardship. This is due in large part to the current closure regime which effectively restricts the movement of people and goods in and around the areas.

This grant contributes to the UNRWA health program for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East and is specifically earmarked towards the 2014 health program for Palestinian Refugees in Gaza and the West Bank. The overall goal of the health program is to enable Palestinian refugees to live long and healthy lives in Gaza & the West Bank. The strategic objectives are: 1. ensuring universal access to quality comprehensive primary health care; 2. protecting and promoting family health; 3. preventing and controling diseases.

The results which the program aims to achieve include:Improved rational use of drugs ; Ensure adequate and timely availability of essential medicines and supplies; Improve maternal and child health outcomes;

project number 2118-00/2014
source of funding OEZA
sector Gesundheit allgemein
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.