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Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
28 August 2014

28 August 2014


Priorities & Messages
  • Build Back Better! We must seize this opportunity to bring about transformational change in Gaza.
  • Full lifting of the blockade must be part of any political agreement, in a manner that addresses Israel's legitimate security concerns, otherwise re-building Gaza will be impossible.

Situation Overview

Summary Analysis of Programme response

UNICEF's emergency scaled-up response in Gaza is targeting under five year old children and mothers, children who will attend public schools, and vulnerable households in the most affected communities. Due to the ceasefire announcement, the IDP population is currently very fluid. As the population stabilises, so too will activities that will adapt and transfer to the locations of the conflict affected populations. UNICEF is currently focusing on supporting affected children and families in shelters, host families, and the communities that have been most severely hit.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Child Health & Nutrition
Child Protection

UNICEF is working closely with partners and the Ministry of Education in planning a comprehensive Back to School programme for children in Gaza:

Humanitarian leadership and coordination
  • UNICEF leads the Child Protection Working Group and affiliated groups for mental health and psychosocial sevices (MHPSS), and for monitoring and reporting of grave violations against children (MRM). These groups have been merged to maximise coordination of child protection responses during the emergency.
  • UNICEF continues to lead the WASH cluster and co-lead the Education cluster with Save the Children, both in Gaza and at the national level, with dedicated staff capacity.
  • Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) have been established in Gaza and Ramallah.

Steve Catling, UNICEF Emergency Specialist, State of Palestine Tel: +972 54 778 7608 Email:
Twitter: UNICEFpalestine,

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