The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO), powered by the United Nations Foundation, recently contributed US$ 5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s emergency responses to COVID-19 pandemic in Gaza, West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
“I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to WHO colleagues both at the Headquarters and Regional Office for East Mediterranean, as well as the UN Foundation for this generous contribution to support the Agency’s ongoing effort to respond to COVID-19,” said Dr. Akihito Seita, Director of Health of UNRWA. “This contribution enables our continued efforts in all five fields including procurement of medicines in urgent need, hospitalization support, isolation, and quarantine centers support and provision of personal protective equipment to our frontline health staff at 141 health centres, in order to protect some 5.6 million Palestine refugees that we serve,” Dr. Seita added.
The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO supports the WHO-led global effort to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them. WHO is a strong partner of UNRWA and this generous contribution will support the Agency’s provision of vital services across the Middle East.
To date, the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has raised over US$ 233 million from more than 565,000 individuals, companies, and philanthropies in over 100 countries. More than US$ 191 million has already been disbursed to WHO and its partner agencies, including the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UNICEF, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI).
The Fund remains the first, fastest, and the only way for companies, organizations, and individuals to contribute directly to critical global response efforts led by WHO. Allocation decisions for the use of the Fund’s resources are made by WHO in line with the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.
Original source: UNRWA