Agreement signing to launch a Health project

East Jerusalem – Consul General of Italy in Jerusalem H.E. Mr. Giuseppe Fedele, Mr. Guglielmo Giordano, Head of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and Dr. Richard Peeperkorn Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Palestine, signed today an agreement to launch the health project: Reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality in Palestine by strengthening the emergency health care system.

The three years project (with 5 million EUR provided by AICS) will contribute to the strengthening of the Palestinian health system in terms of reducing avoidable disease, death and disability, and support the social stability during any sudden onset disaster, emergencies and outbreaks across Palestine. WHO will work closely with the Ministry of Health, the Palestinian Red Crescent and a number of local NGOs throughout the lifetime of the project and expect to target 230,000 beneficiaries across Palestine.

The Consul General of Italy in Jerusalem Giuseppe Fedele highlighted that “The Palestinian health sector has shown incredible resilience in the face of the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic. Italy intends to continue doing its part as a lead-Donor in this sector, by promoting increasing access to modern, high-quality health services for all the Palestinian people”

Thanking AICS for funding this project, Dr. Richard Peeperkorn, the WHO Representative in Palestine, said: “I would like to extend our sincere thanks to AICS for funding this essential emergency program. It will build on the first phase of WHO trauma and emergency program and institutionalize key aspects of its concepts and activities to strengthen the health sector resilience and capacity”.

Some of the results expected is to enhance the capacity of prehospital services care during time of emergencies, improve health care services of NCD patients during emergencies, upgrade the essential emergency and surgical care delivered at major hospitals and improve effectivity of medical equipment use.






Italy contributes a total of EUR 3 million towards UNRWA services in Palestine and Syria

East Jerusalem, Today, Consulate General of Italy in Jerusalem, The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Jerusalem and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) signed an EUR 2 million agreement in support of Palestine refugee students. The agreement was signed at school in East Jerusalem and was attended by the Consul General of Italy in Jerusalem H.E. Mr. Giuseppe Fedele, the Director of AICS Jerusalem Mr. Guglielmo Giordano and the UNRWA Director of Partnerships Karim Amer.

This project will ensure an adequate environment for 46,000 UNRWA school students in Palestine, guaranteeing that 96 UNRWA schools are capable and ready to identify child protection issues and provide necessary support as well as improving the service delivery of education and promote students’ digital literacy.

This support comes in addition to the EUR 1 million contributed towards health and protection services for Palestine refugees in Syria. This funding will enable UNRWA to sustain the provision of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare at 23 of its health centers and health points. In addition, the contribution will help the Agency to extend its protection services and awareness programming over the next 12 months, by covering one staff member and supporting various protection activities, trainings and workshops.

Consul General of Italy highlighted that “Over the years, Italy has proven to be a reliable and longstanding supporter of UNRWA, its mandate and activities across all fields of operation. By working to meet both the basic core service requirements and the longer-term needs of more than five million Palestinian refugees, UNRWA continues to serve as an essential anchor of stability in the region”.

“Through these generous contributions, the Government of Italy has demonstrated its longstanding commitment to Palestine refugees across the Middle East. In particular, understanding the vital importance education plays in supporting the children and the youth of the West Bank to develop their full potential,” said Mr. Karim Amer, UNRWA Director of Partnerships. “The breadth of contributions the Government of Italy is giving in support of UNRWA, showcases their importance as a key donor to the Agency and its backing of all Palestine refugees.”

In 2021, the Government of Italy has provided predictable and diverse funding to UNRWA supporting activities across the Agency’s priorities. Ends –

Ending the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence with a 3 Km. run in Salfit


Salfit – Ending the 16 days Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence with a 3 Km. run in Salfit, organized by YWCA Palestine, in collaboration with Salfit Municipality and the Palestinian Forum for Combating Violence Against Women (Al Muntada), and funded by Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo. A one hour run for Gender Equality started in Salfit and included the launching of orange balloons, musical and theatrical performances, and the Announcing of the winners of the race and the best film contest, in which 9 videos regarding the campaign were presented to a committee. As a result of, 3 videos winners selected including one from #Gaza.


Rehabilitation and reintegration of Palestinian child ex-detainees in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

December 12, 2018 - The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and Save the Children (SC) in the occupied Palestinian territory held the closing workshop for their project: “Rehabilitation and Reintegration within their families and communities of the Palestinian child ex-detainees in the West Bank including East Jerusalem” to discuss lessons learned and what more needs to be done for future responses for children ex-detainees. Every year approximately 700 to 900 Palestinian children from the West Bank aged 12-17 years old are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military courts. According to data from our partners, the majority of children in contact with the Israeli military prison suffer from mistreatment and abuse. Basic juvenile justice standards are lacking, including the right to be informed of their rights in their  own language, to have an adult present during interrogations, and being granted access to a lawyer.

The project was implemented by SC, in partnership with the East Jerusalem Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and Defense for Children International-Palestine Section. Prior to the project, there was no institutional system that responded to the needs of child ex-detainees and their parents. In our approach, Save the Children has worked with the government and partners to ensure child ex-detainees have received services such as: access to legal representation, psychosocial support, remedial classes and vocational training.

During the event, speeches were made by Jennifer Moorehead, Country Director of Save the Children, Veronica Bertozzi, Focal Point for Civil Society from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, and partners, as well as testimonials from beneficiaries, a presentation of the key findings and recommendations from the evaluation of the project, and the workshop.

“AICS believes in the key role that civil society can play in the development field, and for this reason we encourage initiatives led by the Italian civil society organizations in partnership with local NGOs”, said Ms. Bertozzi. The donor also expressed gratitude to all the partners who have been involved in this successful project. “We hope that more people can continue to benefit from the essential work that organizations such as Save the Children is delivering.”

Fatima, one of the mothers of the beneficiaries, was grateful to the YMCA and their programming, which helped her daughter, Nisreen* get back on track, “I thank God. Huge progress has been made and she is currently sitting exams for her general high school certificate, Psychologically speaking, as well, there is a huge improvement in her well-being and self-esteem.”

Nisreen echoed these comments and thanks, “Without the support of the YMCA I would not have been able to re-integrate. I have to thank the YMCA personally for helping me with the psychosocial support.”

Rowayada, another mother of a beneficiary, spoke about how the YMCA helped her son to continue his education. “The YMCA helped Ahmed* to find himself again and actually have a goal to look forward to in the future.”

 “Since 2008, Save the Children and our partners have been providing critical support to children who experienced detention,” said Jennifer Moorehead. “Today’s event has a valuable opportunity to reflect on and discuss ways forward both in our programming and in the wider system, to ensure that we in the child protection community can help young people affected by arrest and detention to fulfil their potential.”

Key results:

  • We supported 913 ex-detainee children through providing structured psychosocial support between January 2016 to December 2018.
  • We provided remedial education support 150 ex-detainee children from January 2017 and June 2018. 86 per cent of these children returned to school.
  • We provided vocational training to 122 ex-detainee children. 72 out of the 122 also received support to start income generating activities.

While the project is coming to an end Save the Children still believes that it is crucial to continue in providing support to this vulnerable group, through incorporating the results from the workshop and recommendations from the final evaluation into the next phase of programming. This will include working with community actors to expand psycho-social support beyond immediate family members, in order to reach all members of the family as well as the wider community. In addition, Save the Children would like to strengthen links with schools, to ensure the increased reintegration of ex-detainee students back into the traditional school system.

*Name changed to protect the identity of the child.

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