A delegation from the Catalan Agency of Development Cooperation (ACCD) visited Balata and Askar camps in Nablus on Wednesday 27 February. The delegation made stops at the Balata Girls School and met with benefactors of the Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP), an initiative co-funded by the Catalan Cooperation since 2007. The CMHP aims to prevent and alleviate acute psychological distress of Palestine refugees in the West Bank. More specifically, the project seeks early detection of children and mothers’ psychological disorders, and the establishment of quality counseling opportunities for those in need.
Since 2004, the ACCD has supported UNRWA’s health and educational operations with over EUR 1.2 million. Having concluded its first framework agreement in 2007, the ACCD recently renewed its commitment to Palestine refugees by signing a new agreement on 24 January 2008 on the occasion of the visit of UNRWA Commissioner General Karen AbuZayd to Barcelona. The agreement, in force through 31 December 2011, was signed by the Commissioner General and the Vice-President of the Government of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Mr. Josep Lluís Carod Rovira.