I’m still able to take care of my family – Osama Saleh Olayyan Abu Mua’mmar
Type 2 diabetes
A Palestinian refugee in Jordan tells how the staff at his health centre have helped him live with diabetes - and navigate a crisis.
Osama Saleh Olayyan Abu Mua’mmar, a Palestine refugee living in Jordan, with an UNRWA caregiver in 2019.

My name is Osama Saleh Olayyan Abu Mua’mmar. I discovered having diabetes in one of UNRWA’s health centres ten years ago, after which I was also diagnosed with hypertension. Since then, I have been a recurring patient at that centre. 

About a year and a half ago, the doctor who was following my case discovered an early ulcer formation in my right foot and referred me to a specialised physician. Unfortunately, I lost two of my right foot toes and another toe of my left foot. 

But now, due to the extensive follow up by the health care staff coupled with regular foot check-up performed by the doctor, my foot condition is stable, Thank God.

If I hadn’t received the health care I needed in UNRWA’s health centre, I would not have been able to live normally. Thanks to the health care UNRWA provided I was protected from serious diabetes complications.

As a result, I’m still capable to work and take care of my family. I cannot imagine what would happen to my family if I became physically disabled and couldn’t work.

UNRWA’s health services have always been and continue to be the main factor for living normally for myself and my family.

WDF has partnered with United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to support diabetes care for refugees since 2002. Projects include Innovations and support in diabetes care for Palestine refugees, WDF17-1545, and the 2019 fundraiser benefitting UNRWA’s diabetes foot care activities.

WDF met Osama Saleh Olayyan Abu Mua’mmar in 2019, in connection with the fundraiser project.