UNRWA offers education, health, relief and social services to Palestinian refugees. Palestinian refugees in Lebanon rely heavily on the services provided by UNRWA as they have very limited access to the public education and public health services. UNRWA has 74 primary and preparatory schools, 3 secondary schools and 25 primary health care facilities. Lebanon is the only place where UNRWA offers secondary school education (UNRWA, 2002). However, since 1994 UNRWA has been facing serious budget shortages which have affected the quality and scope of the services it provides.
The United Nations International Children's Fund's (UNICEF) program for Palestinian refugees 1998 2000, targets the refugees who live in the informal camps and thus don't receive UNRWA's services. The program consists of projects and activities in service delivery, training, health education and capacity building.