CERF allocates $4 million in response to humanitarian needs in the West Bank and Gaza
22 February 2011: In response to the protracted humanitarian situation arising from ongoing political stalemate, regular exposure to violence, restrictions on access and movement, and persistent human rights violations, CERF has allocated $4 million for humanitarian response in the West Bank and Gaza. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will use $1 million for emergency response to critical WASH needs and to increase water availability and storage capacity in households. $900,000 has been allocated to the World Food Programme (WFP) for a Joint Bedouin Assistance Programme that will provide targeted food assistance to marginalised groups in the West Bank.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will receive $900,000 for emergency food assistance. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will use $800,000 for emergency support to protect livelihoods dependent on livestock. Finally, $400,000 has been allocated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to provide access to maternal and child health services in Southern Gaza strip and the Jordan valley. Although there has been recent economic progress and reduced direct conflict-related casualties since January 2010, entrenched vulnerability still remains a reality throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In the West Bank, restrictions on movement and access remain pervasive, and much of the population is still unable to access essential supplies and services.