Zarqa camp is the oldest Palestine refugee camp in Jordan.
A health centre to serve 300,000 Palestine refugees in Jordan was opened in Zarqa camp northeast of Jordan.
The event was attended by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Jordan, Nayef bin Bandar Al-Sudairy, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, the Director- General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs, Rafiq Khirfan, and the Governor of Zarqa Governorate, Hasan al-Jbour.
The new health centre was constructed thanks to a donation of nearly US$ 2 million through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) while the Government of Jordan donated the land. The centre will provide accessibility for persons with disabilities and includes green spaces, a children’s play area, and sun-shaded spaces.
Speaking at the ceremony, Al-Sudairy said, "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a pioneer in humanitarian work, with the aim of alleviating human suffering around the world, in cooperation with the United Nations and international organizations.” He continued, “The Kingdom is fully supportive of Palestine refugees, including through our partnership with UNRWA, and its services.”
“The construction of this health centre is a critical investment that will serve thousands of Palestine refugees residing both inside and outside Zarqa camp,” said the Commissioner-General Lazzarini.
In Jordan, UNRWA delivers health services to Palestine refugees through a network of 25 health centres and four mobile clinics, located inside and within the vicinity of Palestine refugee camps. Over one million patients visit UNRWA health facilities annually.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed US$ 1.1 billion in the past decade.
Zarqa camp is the oldest Palestine refugee camp in Jordan. One of the four camps established in the country to accommodate the refugees who left Palestine as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, it was set up near the town of Zarqa by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1949. It originally housed 8,000 refugees in an area of 0.18 square