Norwegian delegation visits Baqaa camp

Norwegian delegation
A Norwegian delegation tours Baqaa camp in this undated photo. (Photo: Handout from UNRWA)
AMMAN — Norway’s deputy head of mission in Jordan, Rita Sandberg, recently visited a health center and a school run by UNRWA in Baqaa camp, according to a statement sent from the UNRWA. اضافة اعلان

The visit, which included a delegation from the Norwegian Embassy in Jordan, followed Norway’s recent announcement of 19 million in Norwegian Kroner ($2.2 million) for UNRWA’s operations in Jordan as part of a 57 million Kroner ($6.7 million) contribution to UNRWA’s Syrian Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal.

During the visit, The delegation received a briefing about the situation of Palestinian refugees in Jordan, including those who have fled Syria. The delegation was accompanied by the director of UNRWA affairs in Jordan, Marta Lorenzo, as well as UNRWA staff, according to the statement.

“The (Norwegian) contribution will enable the agency to continue providing uninterrupted services to Palestine refugees impacted by COVID-19. This includes life-saving cash assistance to Palestine refugees from Syria who are facing high vulnerability and for whom UNRWA is their only resort,” said Lorenzo.

During a visit to UNRWA’s Baqaa Co-educational School, the delegation was briefed on the school’s remote learning challenges due to COVID-19 and received updates on the digital learning platform. Launched in April, the platform provides students with access learning materials.

At the Baqaa Health Center, the delegation was briefed on progress of the government-led COVID-19 vaccination campaign at the center, one of the COVID-19 vaccination hubs designated by Jordan's Ministry of Health as part of the country's policy on providing equitable vaccines to all.

So far, the center has administered nearly 6,000 vaccines to residents of Jordan and provides nearly 100,000 people with health care, the statement said.

“I would especially like to applaud the many teachers and youth and health care workers for their efforts to provide education, vocational training, and health services during the pandemic,” Norway’s Ambassador to Jordan Tone Allers said in the statement. “To create hope, possibilities, and future prospects for Palestinian children and refugees in Jordan remains a priority to us. To achieve this we need to ensure UNRWA can meet its financial needs.”

This funding is in addition to the contribution of NOK 10 million for the occupied Palestinian territory Emergency Appeal and NOK 125 million to core programme of UNRWA announced in December 2020 and in March 2021, respectively.

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