UNICEF donates $1 mln to Egyptian Red Crescent for Gaza children in Egypt

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Mar 2024

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday that it signed a one-million-dollar (EGP 48 million) agreement with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society to support Palestinian children from Gaza in Egypt.

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File Photo: Palestinian child Abdullah Kahil in the ambulance before being transferred to the Nasser Institute in Cairo. Egyptian Ministry of Health.

 

The UNICEF also announced that it signed a cooperation agreement with Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity to expand the program for managing cases of children affected by armed conflicts, particularly providing psychological and social support to Palestinian children from Gaza residing in Egypt with their families.

The program provides care for Gazan children whether they are wounded or stranded in Egypt.

This came during a meeting in Cairo between Nevine El-Qabbaj and the UNICEF delegation led by Denis Ulour, Head of the Child Protection Department, and Laurent Chapoy, Senior Child Protection Adviser.

El-Qabbaj explained that relief services are provided to the Egyptian Red Crescent from the social solidarity ministry's central office and through branches across the country.

She also highlighted the role of volunteers who make significant efforts at all locations, especially the operations room at the central office. This room, she explained, operates around the clock and monitors the situation with the Palestinian Red Crescent.

There is also constant coordination with the National Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management and Risk Reduction at the Cabinet, El-Qabbaj added.

The social solidarity ministry, she said, provides aid through 26 fully equipped centres nationwide by providing relief missions, equipment, compensation, and assistance both within Egypt and abroad.

Egypt has received 44,065 injured Palestinians from Gaza since the start of the Israeli war on the strip, nearly a quarter of whom are children, to receive healthcare treatment, according to Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar.

The injured children, totalling 10,730, have been vaccinated against polio, measles, rubella, and mumps, Abdel-Ghaffar said.

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