The health agency thanked the UAE for its strong commitment to improving the delivery of quality health services in Palestine
Under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates signed a $25 million cooperation agreement to support Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem.
This is part of the UAE’s efforts to support the medical and healthcare sectors in Palestine, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator. for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) .
Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation, said the signing of this agreement reflects the UAE’s ongoing and historic commitment to the Palestinian people to meet their humanitarian needs. , especially in the health sector.
He also highlighted the notable efforts of WHO and UNSCO in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates to build the capacity of Palestinian hospitals to provide health care to the Palestinian people.
More than 130,000 people are expected to benefit from the health services offered at the new Al Makassed Hospital.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that health is not a luxury, but a human right, and that it is at the heart of development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO.
“We thank the United Arab Emirates for their generous donation, leadership and commitment to improving the delivery of quality health services for the Palestinian people.”
Lynn Hastings, United Nations Resident Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, also expressed her gratitude to the government of the United Arab Emirates for its timely and generous support, which she said would help ensure the continuity of essential health services through the Al Makassed Hospital, which is an important part of the East Jerusalem hospital network.
Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, head of the WHO office for the West Bank and Gaza (oPt), said contributions from the United Arab Emirates would be essential to maintain the immediate and essential provision of essential health services at Al Makassed Hospital. , including reference cases.
It will also improve the quality of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department and contribute to the training of medical specialists for all of Palestine.
Dr. Adnan Farhoud, Director General of Al Makassed Hospital, thanked the President of the United Arab Emirates for his humanitarian gesture and underlined how such support will transform the hospital’s operations and services.
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