Since January 2015, a total of 21,033 children (10,369 girls and 10,664 boys) and 4,299 caregivers (1,860 females and 2,439 males) benefited from psychosocial support services delivered by UNICEF in partnership with the Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) and the Gaza Community Mental Health program (GCMHP)
During the reporting period, 3,000 adolescents in Gaza participated in an election process to choose 32 peer leaders (16 males and 16 females) who will receive leadership training.
In the Middle Area of Gaza, UNICEF supported the completed rehabilitation of one water well damaged by the war, while another well is undergoing repairs benefitting 17,000 inhabitants in the areas of Nusseirat and Zahra with increased access to piped water.
On March 22nd, UNICEF and its partners celebrated the World Water Day in Palestine. In Gaza, the population suffers from the consequences of long-lasting damages to the Water and Sanitation networks, and is at risk of using contaminated water for agricultural and domestic purposes.
The Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) Working Group, co-chaired by UNICEF and WHO, met on 26 March in Ramallah to review emergency response procedures to demolitions, attacks on schools, settler violence, children in military detention and IDF violence in general, with a particular focus on the West Bank. Partners discussed methods to strengthen coordination, response and documentation of the assistance provided to children and caregivers.