The Government of Japan contributed US$ 289,319 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Jordan, to support the Agency’s response to COVID-19.
This comes as part of a larger contribution of US$ 1,545,454 made by Japan to enable UNRWA for provision of vital pandemic response to Palestine refugees across its five fields of operation.
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The contribution allows the Agency to address the emerging health needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Jordan and ensure the continuity of provision of essential health care services to Palestine refugees through 25 UNRWA health centres across the country.
Japanese Ambassador to Jordan, H.E. Mr. YANAGI Hidenao said, “I strongly hope that this support will contribute to enabling UNRWA in Jordan to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 among Palestine Refugees, through provisions of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This prompt contribution exhibits Japan’s continuous commitment towards supporting Palestine refugees, as expressed in various occasions, most recently by our State Minister Mr. SUZUKI Keisuke during the UNRWA Ministerial Pledging Conference on 23 June 2020.”
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The Director of UNRWA Affairs in Jordan, Mr. Mohammed Adar said, “I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Government of Japan for the generous and timely support. With this generous contribution, the Agency will be able to continue carrying out our operations in health sector during the pandemic to protect health and wellbeing of the Palestine refugee populations.”
The Government of Japan is a dedicated donor to UNRWA, having supported the Agency since 1953. With the enduring support of donors like the Government of Japan, the Agency is able to provide vital services to Palestine refugees across the Middle East in the face of its continuing challenges.
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Over the challenging COVID-19 period, UNRWA worked tirelessly to provide a range of critical services to some 2.3 million Palestine refugees, and adjusted its service provision methods to adapt to the new normal situation, and tackle the spread of COVID-19, while making sure its frontline workers are protected and safe.