Humanitarian Health Action

occupied Palestinian territory Humanitarian Response Plan 2016

The protracted crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory is now approaching its 50th year and continues to be characterized by conflict, lack of access to basic services and frequent outbreaks of violence. In October 2015 the conflict, including violent clashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli forces, escalated and spread out from East Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip, basic infrastructure and services have deteriorated due to years of blockade and outbreaks of hostilities.

Across the occupied Palestinian territory there is 26% food insecurity and 25% poverty. OCHA estimates that 2.3 million people need humanitarian assistance, including 1.2 million refugees.

Health Sector Situation

The protracted occupation and blockade has had a direct impact on the health of Palestinians, for example, from violence-related deaths, traumas and injuries, and mental health disorders. There are also indirect impacts as a result of obstacles to the essential health and nutrition services, which represent a violation of the right to health. The internal Palestinian divide has also affected the quality and availability of health care in Gaza.

Health Cluster Objectives

Objective 1: Providing access to quality and affordable primary health care and nutrition services in the West Bank, namely in Area C, in East Jerusalem and in the Gaza Strip in areas or to groups where access is lacking.

  • Planned outputs:

    • Vulnerable communities in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank are ensured access to quality and affordable health services, and referral of victims of violence to protection organizations.

Objective 2: Providing access to emergency services, particularly during crises in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

  • Planned outputs:

    • Vulnerable communities in the West Bank and Gaza are better prepared to cope with the impact of current and potential new man-made and natural disasters.

Objective 3: Strengthening emergency preparedness, coping capacity and the resilience of communities to potential future conflicts in the occupied Palestinian territory.

  • Planned outputs:

    Vulnerable communities in the West Bank and Gaza are better prepared to cope with the impact of current and potential new man-made and natural disasters.


Beneficiaries targeted by health partners in 2016

The Health and Nutrition Cluster is planning to target over one million people (Gaza: 809 641 West Bank: 210 257).

Prioritized vulnerable groups include neonates, those injured with long term impairment and disabilities, children under five, people with chronic diseases, pregnant and lactating women and survivors of conflict and gender based violence.

Geographical areas targeted by health partners in 2016

The targeted population includes those living in the catchment of totally destroyed primary health care centres and in the ARA in Gaza, people in Area C and East Jerusalem and refugees living outside camps.

Health and Nutrition Cluster funding requirements for 2016

US$ 25 765 842 (health partners including WHO)

WHO funding requirements for 2016

WHO is appealing for a total of US$ 3 556 728

occupied Palestinian territory - WHO Humanitarian Response Plan 2016

Health and Nutrition Cluser requirements
US$ 25 765 842

WHO requirements
US$ 3 556 728