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[Comment] Offline: The Palestinian health predicament worsens

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which administers health services to 5·3 million Palestinian refugees through 143 primary health facilities, is in acute crisis. After President Trump cut almost US$300 million from UNRWA’s 2018 budget, services will run out of money by the end of May. Irrespective of one’s views about the complex politics of the Middle East, America’s decision to threaten the provision of basic health care to millions of dependent people seems utterly cruel. This emergency was a major theme of last week’s annual Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA) scientific meeting, held in Beirut, Lebanon.