Reinstated funding for UNRWA: Statement from CARE Australia

ByCARE Australia March 15, 2024 0 comments

CARE Australia welcomes the news from the Foreign Minister Penny Wong, that the Australian Government will be resuming funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

UNRWA plays an essential role in the humanitarian response, delivering scaled and immediate aid to meet the unprecedented needs across Gaza.

Over 5 months since the beginning of the conflict, the humanitarian needs of those in Gaza are higher than ever, with imminent risk of famine. Our partner organisation, Juzoor, warning that young children in North Gaza are increasingly at risk of dying of hunger and malnutrition.

The news that $6 million of additional funding for UNWRA has been unpaused is a welcome one.


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About CARE International

CARE International has been operating in Gaza and the West Bank since 1948. Prior to the current conflict, we were supporting about 200,000 Palestinians in Gaza and we continue to support about 300,000 in the West Bank to meet basic food needs, improve farming and agriculture, empower women to earn an income, support women’s leadership, and improve health programs focused on gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and children’s mental health.

Since the escalation of the conflict, the CARE team in Gaza was able to reach over 250,000 vulnerable displaced people with hygiene kits, shelter items such as blankets and mattresses, and drinking water. CARE also reached over 67,000 people with medical support, including medications, medical supplies, and primary health services.

About CARE Australia 

CARE Australia supports women around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We work in partnership with local communities to provide equal opportunities for women that they have long been denied: the ability to earn an income, gain access to their fair share of resources, to lead and participate in decisions that affect their lives, and to be able to withstand the increasing impacts of climate disasters and other crises.

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