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UN launches humanitarian response plan for oPt: US$ 572 million needed, February 2016

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The Health and Nutrition Cluster, led by WHO and the Palestinian Ministry of Health, requires US$ 25.5 million for 22 health partners to deliver health services to vulnerable communities, especially via mobile clinics, where public services do not exist“Health and food security have a complex relationship due to the water situation in Gaza and the problems posed by contaminants and the depleted aquifer. This can lead to malnutrition and water-related diseases in some cases.”

Ramallah, 10 February 2016 − The United Nations has launched its US$ 572  million humanitarian response plan for 2016 to support the urgent needs of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory. “Israel's occupation has left many Palestinians highly vulnerable,” remarked UN Deputy Special Coordinator Robert Piper in a written statement. “Whether they find themselves in 'Area C' – that 60% of the West Bank still under Israeli civil and military control – ­or in a village or an East Jerusalem neighbourhood isolated between the Barrier and the 'Green Line', or in Gaza, locked in − by a land, air and sea blockade, theirs is a precarious existence.”

The international appeal for funding, developed in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, will enable 206 urgent projects to be implemented by 31 national and 36 international humanitarian organizations, and 12 UN agencies. Almost 57% of the funding is intended for improving food security, and 20% is for shelter. Two thirds will aid Gaza’s population, of whom the most vulnerable are the 9200 whose homes were destroyed in the summer 2014 war and who remain homeless.

The Health and Nutrition Cluster, led by WHO and the Palestinian Ministry of Health, requires US$ 25.5 million for 22 health partners to deliver health services to vulnerable communities, especially via mobile clinics, where public services do not exist. WHO Head of Office Gerald Rockenschaub pointed out that, “Health and food security have a complex relationship due to the water situation in Gaza and the problems posed by contaminants and the depleted aquifer. This can lead to malnutrition and water-related diseases in some cases.” The Palestinian Deputy Minister of Social Affairs Daoud Deek agreed that priority problems had to be addressed first: “How can we talk about development when Gaza has a problem with electricity?”

Recent crises in the Region are also drawing donor resources, while Palestine’s complex humanitarian crisis has become chronic, and remains unresolved. In his summary, UN Deputy Special Coordination Piper made the point that: “Addressing the root causes of the crisis through a political solution is vital to moving forward.”

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