UNICEF's emergency scaled-up response in Gaza is targeting children who attend public schools, under five year old children and mothers, and vulnerable households in the most affected communities. UNICEF is currently focusing on supporting affected children and families in shelters, host families, and the communities that have been most severely hit. To respond to the urgent needs of the population, UNICEF has brought in significant additional international surge staff for programme response and cluster coordination.
In the education sector UNICEF focuses on activities in government schools that complement the work in UNRWA schools, by reaching a different child population. In the health sector, UNICEF works in partnership with WHO and UNFPA, complementing their contributions based on UNICEF's long-term experience in child health and nutrition. Ministry of Health teams supported by UNICEF work in collaboration with UNRWA teams in collective shelters, focusing on non-refugee IDPs. In the WASH sector, UNICEF targets the whole population, both refugee and non-refugee. In Child Protection UNICEF, in cooperation with OHCHR, provided support to UNWRA to strengthen violence prevention and response mechanism in UNWRA shelters.
Sólrún María Ólafsdóttir, M&E and Gender specialist, UNICEF, SoP, Jerusalem, Phone: +972 (0)2 584 0410,