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25 June 2019 10:04 am

Qatar signs agreement with UNHCR to provide healthcare for Syrian refugees

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The State of Qatar represented by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, signed on Monday an agreement worth $4 million, in support of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Lebanese Republic Mohammed Hassan Jaber Al Jaber and UNHCR Representative to Lebanon Mireille Girard.

This contribution aims to support UNHCRs efforts in providing shelter assistance for an estimated 8,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee households living in the Bekaa, as well as secondary health care services for an estimated 3,000 Syrian refugees. These services include rehabilitation of sub-standard shelters and distribution of shelter kits, as well as subsidization of hospital admissions for an emergency.

H.E. the Ambassador said, "We are pleased and honored to sign the agreement between on behalf Qatar Fund for Development Fund and UNHCR in Lebanon, which is funding a project that provides shelter for Syrian refugees and health care for pregnant women in Lebanon for a total of $4 million. This contribution is a continuation of Qatar's commitment to alleviate the humanitarian crisis of Syrian refugees and their basic needs in the harsh living circumstances in Lebanon and countries of refuge."

Mireille Girard said, "The Qatar Fund for Development's latest contribution to UNHCR is yet another testament to the State of Qatar's commitment to support refugees. With the support of generous donors like Qatar, UNHCR will be able to provide shelter assistance and life-saving care for vulnerable Syrian refugees to help preserve their dignity in their country of refuge."

"I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for this continuous support and look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration," she added.

During the past years, QFFD has supported UNHCR's programs in support of refugees and internally displaced persons. QFFD's contributions to UNHCR's programs have reached a total of nearly $18 million supporting some 560,000 refugees and internally displaced persons in Iraq, Bangladesh and Yemen.

Source: Qatar Fund for Development