In the Middle East, the COVID-19 crisis is having a severe impact on the health systems and economies in the region. The pandemic is also further complicating the work of international organisations working on the ground. UNRWA is one of those organisations, bringing assistance to more than five million Palestinians across the region. COVID-19 has made the predicament of these people even more difficult.
In view of this situation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has decided to release an additional CHF 2 million in funding for UNRWA. The decision was announced today at a virtual conference co-chaired by Jordan and Sweden. Switzerland's support will help to save lives and mitigate the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on the Palestinians of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and in the occupied Palestinian territory.
The new funding announced is in addition to Switzerland's regular contributions to UNRWA.
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