The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has requested donor support to fill a funding deficit worth USD103 million.
According to UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi, the funding shortfall limits the agency’s capacity to pay for teachers, doctors, and sanitation and relief workers.
Grandi is aware of donors’ call on the agency to minimize expenditure and maximize cost-efficiencies. But he said UNRWA has been cutting essential services, adding that “UNRWA’s financial situation is grave.”
UNRWA, Grandi said, can no longer pay for the hospital treatment of refugees, as well as for medical services such as breast cancer screening, physiotherapy and psychiatric treatment.
Overcrowded schools in Gaza cannot accommodate almost 40,000 additional refugee children, he added.