Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) yesterday signed a $1 million contribution in support of the Agency’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the Gaza Strip.
The agreement was signed by Adviser at the Royal Court, the General Supervisor of the Center, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, and UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini via video conference.
This funding will provide life-saving medical devices, equipment and protective supplies to Palestine refugees in Gaza, said an UNRWA press release.
Speaking at the signing, Lazzarini said: “KSRelief is providing vital life-saving support that will enable UNRWA to procure medical equipment and supplies required to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and help save the lives of Palestine refugees in Gaza.”
UNRWA has a long-term relationship with KSRelief, which has been a strategic partner for the Agency, supporting its health services to Palestine refugees’ ongoing health projects in Gaza and Lebanon that benefit millions of Palestinian refugees.
Years of socioeconomic decline, conflicts and closure have contributed to the weakening of the health sector across Gaza, with irregular maintenance of the infrastructure and uneven access to new medical supplies and equipment, this the press release.
“This contribution will boost the Agency’s efforts to prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and help the vulnerable community of Palestine refugees in Gaza,” said UNRWA.