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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
18 March 2016


16 March 2016

Today, UNRWA Director of Operations in Jordan Roger Davies and Deputy Chargé d'Affairs of the Embassy of United States of America Henry Wooster conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction and expansion of the Baqa’a Main Health Centre.

Mr. Wooster said, “The United States remains committed to supporting Palestinian refugees in Jordan and throughout the region. We remain the largest and most consistent bilateral donor to UNRWA. The US$ 1.75 million provided by the United States to fund the reconstruction and expansion of the Baqa’a Health Centre will improve health-care services in Baqa’a while symbolizing enduring US support to the Palestinian refugee community in Jordan.”

From his side, Mr. Davies thanked the government of the United States of America for its generous donation, saying: “Baqa’a camp is the largest camp in Jordan, with more than 80,000 Palestine refugees benefiting from the Agency’s Main Health Centre alone. The construction and expansion of the Baqa’a Main Health Centre will address serious challenges pertaining to the health centre's physical condition, which adversely impacts the quality of health services provided. The new structure will create a better environment to properly address health issues among refugees, as well as to fully implement the reform in the health programme similar to that in the majority of UNRWA health centres throughout Jordan.”

The new Baqa’a Main Health Centre will replace the three existing buildings, which were built in 1987. The design of the new Health Centre takes into consideration the need for access for persons with disabilities, enhanced building safety, greening and the full implementation of the UNRWA health reform. In addition, obsolete and defective medical equipment will be replaced.


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,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 81 million. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank 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 .

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