From the seventh of October 2023 until the date of writing this article, Gaza is still subjected to air, sea and land bombardment in a cruel war that targets the lives of its residents and all the necessities of their lives, including the destruction of infrastructure and buildings of all kinds, houses, apartments, water, food, agricultural land, roads, and all services, especially health services (hospitals and health centers), educational (schools and universities), the economy, factories and factories, and a viable environment. These elements have been systematically destroyed, starting with the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, which has killed, injured and injured tens of thousands, and displaced most of the population internally, not to mention the suffocating siege that prevented the delivery of food and medicine, cut off water and electricity, prevented fuel for pumping and desalination, treated wastewater, sewage and solid waste, and operated bakeries, factories, means of transportation and medical devices. The environment in Gaza also suffers from physical, chemical and biological pollution caused by munitions used in shelling of all kinds, the mixing of sewage with drinking water and the accumulation of solid waste.
High unemployment, severe shortages of electricity and clean water; a young, educated population with immense potential, and deliberate policy choices by Israel that deny movement, violate rights and block development. Everything you need to know about the closure on Gaza.
Children living in Gaza have never known anything but overcrowding, shortages, conflict and danger.
This policy brief highlights some of the direct impacts of the Gaza war on the lives of Palestinians. It estimates losses in gross domestic product and shows the effects of Israeli measures and military operations on the health system in…
OVERVIEW Political economy involves the analysis of stakeholders, power relations, and social conflict across time and space. In the Palestinian context, this means understanding how Israeli policies, the blockade, the political division between Fatah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority (PA),…
This report analyses the WASH crisis in the Gaza Strip aggravated by the current hostilities. It seeks to provide an alert on the severity of the crisis, highlighting the health and protection impacts and risks that would arise should the…
Gender Relations and Power Dynamics in WFP Palestine Beneficiary Households Study – WFP and UN Women 2022
WFP Palestine commissioned this study to assess gender dynamics and power relations in WFP Palestine beneficiary households and propose recommendations to improve the gender transformative potential of WFP programming. Co-funded by UN Women.
Panel discussion on Health Crises in Palestine
In this episode of 'Rethinking Humanitarianism', hosts Heba Aly and Melissa Fundira speak to guests Yara Asi and Chris Gunness about aid and humanitarian responses in Palenstine.
Social and political determinants of health in the occupied Palestine territory (oPt) during the COVID-19 pandemic: who is responsible?
The Palestinian authority (PA) reacted quickly to the coronavirus outbreak, introducing strict lock down measures to limit community transmission. However, since restriction measures were eased in late May, there has been a massive spike in cases with over 9000 cases…
This document presents the results of a political economy analysis (PEA) of the health sector in Gaza. It is based on a literature review spanning multiple source types, and in-depth semi-structured interviews with policy makers, health officials and carers of…
The latest escalation of more than 100 years of violence in occupied Palestine has caused phenomenal levels of yet more suffering. This violence must end. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that at least 3785…
This interactive PowerPoint outlines the findings of a study into the perspectives of Palestinians living in refugee communities on a range of COVID-19 public health measures
Since 7 October 2023, more than 24,620 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, 70 per cent of whom were women or children. This document provides an overview of the situation in Gaza and articulates UN Women’s work as part…
Curated collections of resources on current and past emergencies. Resources include our briefings, blogs and infographics alongside relevant content from other organisations working on social sciences in emergencies.
The repercussions of armed conflict, mass forced displacement and growing food insecurity in Gaza are compounded by barriers to the supply and delivery of humanitarian assistance and the inability of a collapsed health care system to cater to the needs of a large population grappling with injuries and illnesses. This page provides links to resources on relevant emerging social science evidence as well as past social science research, shedding light on both protracted and newly emerged vulnerabilities underpinning the realities of delivering aid in the changing context of Gaza.38 selected resources