Gaza crisis

A woman carrying a CARE package across a landscape devastated by conflict

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CARE is providing on-the-ground support to people in Gaza to help rebuild livelihoods that were destroyed by the 2014 conflict. At the end of 2014:

  • 1,485 civilians in Gaza were killed during the conflict – including 525 children and 285 women
  • 11,231 people were injured – including 3,540 women and 3,436 children
  • 100,000 people whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged were still living in temporary shelters
  • food and water supplies remained a major concern – 450,000 people had no access to tap water, and more than half the population were food insecure
  • the Gaza Power Plant remained out of operation, leading to regular power cuts
  • 62 hospitals and clinics were damaged during the war
  • at least 373,000 children require direct and specialised psychosocial support

Mobile health teams

With our partner, Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), we set up mobile health teams to provide basic health care and psychosocial support to people living in communities affected by the violence. We provided:

  • 26,816 people with health support (including 526 pregnant women)
  • 6,316 people with psychosocial support
  • 3,982 families (nearly 16,000 people) with hygiene kits

We estimate that an additional 160,000 people benefited from the medical supplies (equipment/drugs and disposables) we distributed to hospitals and primary health clinics.

Helping people rebuild livelihoods

We are now focusing on helping people recover and rebuild livelihoods that were destroyed or damaged by the conflict. This includes helping small-scale farmers and agricultural producers to rehabilitate their land and irrigation systems to enable them to resume producing food, and supporting women entrepreneurs to enable them to restart their businesses in small-scale production, manufacture and retail.

About CARE in the West Bank and Gaza

CARE has worked in the West Bank and Gaza since 1948. We work with around 1.5 million people across both the West Bank and Gaza, focusing on economic empowerment (including livelihoods and gender equality), access to health services, clean water and sanitation, and the participation of women and marginalised groups in decision-making at the household, local and national levels. In Gaza, CARE has 12 staff working in five governorates: North Gaza, Gaza city, Deir Al Balah, Khan Younis, and Rafah. CARE’s long-term work with PMRS focuses on increasing women’s participation in improving community health.