US Ambassador to Jordan Visits Baqa’a Health Center in Baqa’a Camp Following US Announcement to Resume Financial Support to UNRWA – Jordan

US Ambassador to Jordan Visits Baqa’a Health Center in Baqa’a Camp Following US Announcement to Resume Financial Support to UNRWA – Jordan

During the visit, Ambassador Wooster was briefed on the progress of the government-led COVID-19 vaccination campaign at the Baqa’a Health Centre, one of the COVID-19 vaccination hubs designated by Jordan’s Ministry of Health as part of the country’s policy on providing equitable vaccines to all. UNRWA has adjusted the delivery of its primary health services during the pandemic to ensure continued access to all Palestine refugees while supporting national efforts in preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Jordan. Through a patient and family-centered approach, the Agency has provided uninterrupted services throughout the pandemic, including door to door delivery of medications to chronic patients and virtual health services. Ambassador Wooster previously visited the Baqa’a Health Centre in 2016 to inaugurate the expansion of medical facility, supported by U.S. funding to UNRWA. “I welcome the resumption of U.S. support to UNRWA and welcome the renewed engagement of a longtime partner,” said Mr. Lazzarini. “The adaptability and responsiveness of the UNRWA medical teams throughout the pandemic and their increased reliance on modern technology, including mobile health applications, are key to the contributions of UNRWA to the field of public health in Jordan.”

The resumption of U.S. assistance will greatly help the UNRWA Jordan Field Office to continue its services to more than 2.4 million Palestine refugees. Services include quality education to almost 120,000 students at 169 UNRWA schools, health services at 25 health centres around the Kingdom, emergency to the most vulnerable Palestine refugees, including some 18,000 Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan. “COVID-19 and ensuing closures and lockdown have put an enormous pressure on everyone in Jordan including Palestine refugees. Limited resources have restricted the ability of UNRWA to step up its services to be able to fully respond to dire needs,” said Ms. Lorenzo. “We chose to show this location for the U.S. Ambassador to demonstrate the relevance and adaptability of UNRWA services, the continued primary health services and emergency response we provide during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to vaccination services in cooperation with the Jordanian Ministry of Health. These are among the many examples of modern, quality services the Agency provides when it receives adequate funding.” Source

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.7 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA programme budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s programme budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals. Background Information:

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