Muslim Charity partners with UNRWA to support Palestine Refugees with Insulin Donation
Muslim Charity has partnered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) by contributing $75,000 to provide 630 Palestine refugee patients in Gaza with a two-month supply of insulin for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. An estimated 52,000 Palestine refugees rely on the UNRWA health programme for the treatment of diabetes each year. Without this life-saving treatment, these patients are at risk of developing a wide range of debilitating or even life-threatening complications.
UNRWA offers primary healthcare to Palestine refugees at its 22 health centres with about four million consultations a year, covering maternal healthcare, child healthcare, non-communicable diseases, and disease surveillance.
The Gaza Strip has been marred by repeated rounds of hostilities, a sky-rocketing unemployment rate, electricity supply blackouts and a fifteen-year blockade, restricting the movement of goods and people. This has caused a large-scale dependency on UNRWA services, including health services.
“Palestine refugees have enough suffering; they face many challenges which burden their lives and prevent them from leading a healthy life. It is our role, with the support of donors, to enable them to access health care and take off some of these burdens. Thanks to Muslim Charity for supporting UNRWA with insulin analogues that will provide a two-month supply to 630 Palestine refugees, most of whom are children. This support is expected to enhance the disease control level of these children and gives hope to these children and their families,” said Thomas White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza.
Vice-Chairman of Muslim Charity, Bakhtyar Pirzada, said: “Type 1 diabetes is a serious and lifelong condition for which there is no known cure. Managing type 1 diabetes is very challenging as it impacts every aspect of a person’s life, and if the condition is not managed well, it leads to serious complications and threatens life. This becomes even more difficult and challenging when it is a child who suffers from the condition, and the trauma and burden upon refugees in this situation is unimaginable. The work of UNRWA in this context is very significant and we are delighted to be a partner in this project of providing insulin analogues for 630 patients.”
In confronting the challenging circumstances in Gaza, this project will take a huge burden off their shoulders and help Palestine refugees access healthcare and lead a long and healthy life.
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