In the final Comment which accompanies The Lancet Series on Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA) says that the Palestinian refugees outside the OPT must not be forgotten.
They say: “The data depict a complex situation, with emerging diseases and chronic and endemic unsolved health problems. Although UNRWA has effectively assisted refugees so far, their increasing economic vulnerability makes them increasingly dependent. The future of Palestinian refugees will be conditioned by how children are followed up in their development and growth, how women are protected from negative outcomes of pregnancy, and how the adult population is treated and counselled for leading diseases. By providing the best possible primary-health-care services, UNRWA is enabling these refugees to hold their destiny in their own hands.”
“These refugees do need remembering as well, in addition to those populations described in The Lancet Series on health in the occupied Palestinian territory.”