IBSA Governments (India, Brazil and South Africa) launch rehabilitation phase of PRCS Hospital – UNDP/PAPP press release


The Governments of India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA), through UNDP

Launch the Rehabilitation Phase of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society

Hospital in Gaza

Gaza, 17 April 2012 – As part of their continuing effort to combat poverty and hunger, representatives from India, Brazil and South Africa, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRSC) signed an agreement in the amount of one million Dollars to rehabilitate the PRCS building in the Gaza Strip.

The one million Dollar project, aims at enhancing access to public health and social services for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The project consists of the rehabilitation of nine partially or totally destroyed floors to be utilized for an open heart surgery unit, patients recovery rooms, psychosocial support, hostel for local and international staff as well as a cafeteria and an administrative department. The project is expected to finish in one year and will serve patients from across the Gaza Strip.

During his speech the South African Ambassador, Mr. Mlungisi Makalima, highlighted the importance of the project to IBSA “this project is being implemented in the spirit of solidarity with the Palestinian People and most importantly because it benefits both parties. For IBSA, democracy and development are incomplete unless democracy and human dignity is achieved by the Palestinian people”.

The launching ceremony, held on 17 April 2012 at the PRCS building, was attended by Dr. Khaled Jouda, General Director of PRCS, H.E. Bishwadip Dey, Representative of India, H.E. Ligia Maria Scherer, Representative of Brazil, H.E. Mlungisi Makalima, Representative of South Africa, and Mr. Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator.

“The Palestinian Red Crescent Society has a vital role to play in providing healthcare and social services for the people in Gaza in a manner that protects their dignity and preserves their lives and well being”, said Frode Mauring, UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator.

The ceremony concluded with a tour of the damaged building and with the representatives from IBSA and UNDP painting on the wall to symbolize the beginning of the rehabilitation project.

Note to editor:

The IBSA objectives include combating of poverty and hunger; providing development impact attributable to

IBSA’s cooperation, implementing scalable and replicable projects, developing the capacity of the beneficiary

community; fostering a sense of ownership by the beneficiary community and promoting and engaging

Southern experts and institutions.

For further information, please contact: Dania Darwish, Communications Specialist, Tel: +972-2-6268229 –

email: dania.darwish@undp.org, in Gaza Hashim Al Husseini, Communications Assistant, Tel: 00972-59-2776565,

email: hashim.elhusseini@undp.org . For more information on UNDP/PAPP see http://www.undp.ps .

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