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Renovated Augusta Victoria Hospital Pharmacy Opens in East Jerusalem with Japanese Funding (EN/AR) – Occupied Palestinian Territory

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Joint effort between UNOPS and the Japanese government improves healthcare services for Palestinian patients in East Jerusalem

The newly renovated pharmacy at Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) in East Jerusalem, crucial for cancer treatment, has officially reopened after extensive upgrades funded by the Japanese government. The inauguration ceremony, attended by Mr. Yoichi Nakashima, the Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and representative of Japan in Palestine, and Ms. Olivia Tecosky, Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Jerusalem, Ms. Sieglinde Weinbrenner, representative of the Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem, and Dr. Fadi Atrach, Chief Executive Officer at AVH, marked an important milestone in joint efforts to improve healthcare for Palestinians.

This renovation was made possible by a generous contribution from the Japanese government and carried out by UNOPS. The upgrade includes a facility for preparing chemotherapy and biological treatments, ensuring these processes meet strict international sterile standards. This crucial initiative meets the urgent need for good facilities to manage sensitive chemotherapy preparations.

This project underlines the commitment of the Government of Japan and UNOPS to supporting quality healthcare services and reaffirms their commitment to the well-being and development of the Palestinian people.

The renovation of the AVH Pharmacy is part of a broader partnership between UNOPS and the Japanese government to support the delivery of essential healthcare and water/sanitation services.

On this occasion, HE NAKASHIMA Yoichi, Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan in Palestine, expressed deep gratitude to UNOPS for their efforts in completing this crucial intervention. He added: “In light of the increased hostilities and political situation, the healthcare sector in Palestine is facing significant challenges, which are affecting the daily lives of Palestinians. With shortages of critical medical supplies and limitations in adequate space for vital healthcare services, the renovation of the AVH Pharmacy is a crucial step. This project aims to improve access to essential healthcare services in hospitals in East Jerusalem, and strives to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people.”

Similarly, UNOPS Director, Ms. Olivia Tecosky stated: “We are extremely grateful to the Government of Japan for this partnership to support the renovation of the Augusta Victoria Hospital pharmacy. As a major institution providing essential cancer treatments, Augusta Victoria Hospital serves thousands of Palestinian patients each year. These improvements will improve the quality of care for people undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments. Together we will ensure that the hospital can continue to provide the highest level of medical services and meet the urgent health needs of the Palestinian community.”

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