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AMDA exchanges MOU with UNRWA

Publication date:2018-04-23
 
On 01 February 2018, AMDA exchanged an MOU with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for further collaboration in the field of humanitarian assistance.

UNRWA was established in 1949 as a relief and humanitarian support agency by the UN General Assembly Resolution in 1949. UNRWA has a mandate: “to carry out direct relief works programs for Palestinian refugees through delivery of vital services in education, health, relief, social services and microfinance”. UNRWA supports 5.6 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria since May 1950.

In January 2018, Dr Akihiro Seita, the director of health of UNRWA, contacted AMDA to know the possibility of having their Palestinian doctors take part in AMDA’s Rohingya relief in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. As refugees themselves, it was the Palestinian doctors’ ardent wish to render help to the Rohingyas who were under similar circumstances.

As an aspiring medical student, Dr. Akihiro Seita,  was one of the early members of AMSA (Association of Medical Students in Asia), AMDA’s predecessor organization. After working in Japan as a tuberculosis specialist, he went on to dedicate himself to eradicating the disease overseas.

In February 2018, UNRWA sent two Palestinian doctors to Kutupalong Refugee Camp in the said location to join AMDA’s ground team. At AMDA’s medical camp, the doctors were keen to make suggestions for the better medical care and sanitation. The signing of MOU took place following the event.

Please stay tuned for updates as more reports will be coming up on AMDA’s Rohingya relief.
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