UNRWA runs 706 schools that provide education to more than 540,000 refugee children. Over half of the Agency's programme budget is allocated to education.
UNRWA operates 140 health centres in the region, offering high-quality medical services free of charge to the Palestine refugee population. There are over 7 million patient visits to UNRWA's clinics each year. More than 3 million refugees use the Agency's health services.
Around 1.2 million Palestine refugees live in abject poverty. UNRWA provides 398,000 of them with social assistance (as of January 2022).
Nearly one third of Palestine refugees live in 58 camps spread throughout the region. UNRWA helps to rebuild and improve camp infrastructure.
UNRWA's microfinance services provide sustainable income-generation opportunities to thousands of Palestine refugees.
UNRWA is regularly called upon to respond to humanitarian emergencies due to ongoing instability in the region. The crisis in Syria, the security situation in Gaza and the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the thousands of Palestine refugees who receive humanitarian aid from UNRWA.
Each year, 3.6 million Palestine refugees benefit from UNRWA's health services, and in 2022, 1.7 million people received assistance in the form of food or cash. UNRWA's schools provide over 540,000 children with an education.
Despite the armed conflict in Syria, UNRWA has maintained its activities in the region and provides support – adapted to the situation on the ground – to the Palestine refugee population in Syria and neighbouring countries. Since the Syrian crisis began in March 2011, UNRWA has delivered humanitarian aid to more than 460,000 people. UNRWA also continued providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting its operations to offer distance learning and home delivery of food aid, to cite just two examples.