IBSA Fund Annual Report- STATE OF PALESTINE 2

State of Palestine

Construction and Equipping of a Centre for Persons with Severe Intellectual Disabilities

Approved Budget:

$1,250,000

Duration:

May 2012–

 

January 2016

Mostly contributing to:

SDG 3

Partners

Palestinian National Authority; Ministry of Social Affairs; UNDP/PAPP

Overview

This project built and equipped a service centre to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities in Nablus in the West Bank. The centre offers consultation, physical therapy, a protection and rehabilitation programme for adults with disabilities, vocational training for various types of disabilities, rehabilitation services and, in some cases, temporary accommodation.

Key Achievements

  • It was estimated that around 10,000 individuals with disabilities benefited from the service centre annually.
  • Through the expansion of the centre from 1,000 m2 to 1,900 m2 and its capacity for services, the project enabled a specialized NGO to use the centre to provide consultation, physical therapy, a protection and rehabilitation programme for adults with disabilities, vocational training for various types of disabilities and rehabilitation services.

Challenges

Despite diverging perspectives on the minimum requirements for the centre to be fully functional, agreement on the design for the facility was reached within the available budget.

Link of the Project to National Priorities

This project falls within the strategy of the Government of Palestine to protect and rehabilitate persons with disabilities. It enabled the Government to extend professional services to persons with disabilities by overcoming the financial-resource limitations.

Facade of the disability centre during the last stage of construction