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15 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

● Over 560,000 Palestinians in Gaza residing in areas prone to flooding are at risk of temporary displacement due to the precarious state of infrastructure.

● 2017 marked a record of US$18.2 million in revenue for agricultural exports from Gaza in an otherwise poor economic situation, with the unemployment rate reaching over 46 per cent.

15 Dec 2017 description

The Government of Austria through the Austrian Development Agency has contributed EUR 1 million to support interventions by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) under the 2017 Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory.

14 Dec 2017 description

Om Ahmed is a role model for the women in her community. Not only is she highly influential, but she’s called the leader by her neighbors.

It’s not hard to see why—this grandmother never stops. Each morning, she slips on her sneakers and her traditional embroidered dress and goes for a walk on the seashore. In the afternoons, she spends time with her grandsons. And in between, she’s leading a women’s initiative to bring health and hygiene to her water-scarce community.

10 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

  • The continued 20-22hour electricity cuts are placing an increasing burden on hospitals and primary healthcare clinics across Gaza. With funding for fuel from the humanitarian pooled fund, released by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, and from WHO resources, lifesaving services have been sustained. This has directly reduced the mortality risk of 452 newborns, 400 intensive care patients and 658 patients requiring haemodialysis twice or three times a week.

10 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

  • The further reduction in the electricity supply to Gaza has caused a severe impact on the health services, 30 hospitals and 2 health facilities face risk of partial closure as the supply for back-up generators become depleted. An additional 70 primary healthcare facilities are also impacted.

08 Dec 2017 description

Today, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, Robert Piper, released US$ 2.2 million from the occupied Palestinian territory Humanitarian Fund (oPt HF) to cover urgent additional needs in the Gaza Strip in the areas of health and food security.

03 Dec 2017 description

On 3 December, UNRWA joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Removing barriers and facilitating inclusion can empower persons with disabilities to become agents of change in their own lives and communities, striving towards ending exclusion and promoting equality.

03 Dec 2017 description
report World Bank

Palestinian Local Government Units (LGUs) play an important role in providing services to the local population. However, very little information has been available regarding citizen satisfaction and the results of services available at the local level. Service providers and policy makers were unable to assess and compare service outcomes across the Palestinian territories, leaving a gap in fully understanding the reasons behind inequities and shortcomings in basic services.

21 Nov 2017 description

Against the backdrop of 10 years of Israel’s land, air and sea blockade, there has been an escalation in the internal Palestinian divide, since March 2017, which exacerbated Gaza’s energy crisis and resulted in outages of 18-20 hours a day. Additionally, the salary crisis in the public sector in Gaza has worsened; thousands of civil servants have been reportedly referred for early retirement; and the financial approval for the referral of hundreds of patients outside Gaza has been reportedly delayed/disrupted.

21 Nov 2017 description

Against the backdrop of 10 years of Israel’s land, air and sea blockade, there has been an escalation in the internal Palestinian divide, since March 2017, which exacerbated Gaza’s energy crisis and resulted in outages of 18-20 hours a day. Additionally, the salary crisis in the public sector in Gaza has worsened; thousands of civil servants have been reportedly referred for early retirement; and the financial approval for the referral of hundreds of patients outside Gaza has been reportedly delayed/disrupted.

19 Nov 2017 description

Summary: September 2017

  • More than 45% of patients unsuccessful in obtaining security permits from Israeli authorities: Of 1,858 patient applications for a permit to exit Gaza through Erez checkpoint for hospital appointments in September 2017, 55% were approved, 3% were denied, and 42% were delayed with no decision by the time of the patient’s hospital appointment. Among those delayed there were 140 children under the age of 18 years and 99 people aged 60 years or older.

13 Nov 2017 description

The UK-based Al-Khair Foundation made a contribution worth US$40,000 to support psychosocial activities in Gaza provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UNRWA supports the provision of psychosocial activities through school counsellors and opportunities to engage in recreational activities to help mitigate the devastating impact of three rounds of conflict in Gaza during the last ten years, as well as the ongoing blockade, now in its 11th year, both of which affect children deeply.

10 Nov 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The continuation of the electricity crisis and the lack of funding for WASH interventions have rendered 1.45 million people in the Gaza Strip at risk of contracting waterborne, diseases, including as a result of flooding.

  • Despite the evacuation of settlers from privatelyowned Palestinian land, which was taken over or officially seized for the establishment or expansion of settlements, the Palestinian owners continue to face severe restrictions in accessing their land.

07 Nov 2017 description

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the European Union (EU) yesterday jointly launched the Healthy Living, Healthy Spaces (HLHS) campaign to improve the facilities in UNRWA schools.

05 Nov 2017 description
report Gisha

November 1, 2017. Important steps were taken today in Gaza, marking the commencement of the implementation of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement. With exclusive control of Gaza’s crossings on the Palestinian side being passed to the Palestinian Authority, many of the excuses long used to justify the violation of Gaza residents’ right to freedom of movement are being emptied of their content, which may bring new hope for progress.

05 Nov 2017 description
report Gisha

October 26, 2017. Power supply lines from Egypt to Gaza have been shut down since Friday due to security incidents in the Sinai Peninsula, leading to a further reduction in Gaza’s already severely limited supply of electricity.

26 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

The humanitarian needs of children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) remained high during the reporting period.

20 Oct 2017 description

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugee in the Near East (UNRWA) in the West Bank confirms that joint work between the Agency and the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) to contain the diarrhea outbreak in Fawwar camp is ongoing.

As of Wednesday, 18 October, around 330 cases reported to the UNRWA health centre in Fawwar refugee camp suffering from fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The patients’ age varied between 1 to 15 years. Four cases were referred to nearby hospitals.

19 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 473,000 food insecure non-refugees in Gaza and the West Bank in September, through both cash-based transfers (CBT) - using an electronic card redeemable in local shops - and in-kind food assistance. Women and children accounted for 70 percent of those assisted.

  • WFP needs additional resources to assist 137,000 poor severely food-insecure people across Gaza, where the humanitarian situation shows no sign of improvement, and the West Bank.

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