Health services for Palestinian refugees in Syria remain active

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UNRWA Health Center. © Mahmoud Khair/ UNRWA

Palestinian refugees in Syria have continued to receive health services despite massive challenges, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

A new report highlights how UNRWA's health services in war-torn Syria remained active, even though half of its centres were destroyed or non-functional.

The agency continued to provide care by establishing ten "health points", eight in Damascus, two in Aleppo, and by intensifying services at clinics which were working.

Doctor Akihiro Seita said progress is encouraging but the situation in Syria remains very difficult.

” We are improving our services. We did it in the limit of the resources we always have, to respond to the need of Palestinian refugees. The annual message is that we are struggling to survive and to provide the core services to the Palestinian refugees in Syria who are suffering the most. “(0'14")

The annual report also highlights the main health problems among Palestinian refugees, which are mainly lifestyle related.

Seventy to 80 per cent of deaths are due to chronic non-communicable diseases.

UNRWA provides assistance and protection to a population of about 5 million registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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