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Public Health Program

30 Nov -0001
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Public Health Program

The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is becoming increasingly fragile and all sectors, including WASH, have significantly worsened poses extremely unique challenges to humanitarians attempting to render assistance. The long-standing occupation, coupled with multiple military engagements and the 12-year blockade on the Gaza Strip and the three major consecutive escalations in the conflict with Israel have left the economy on the verge of complete collapse with over 80 percent of the population reliant on international assistance. The blockade effectively creates an open-air prison cutting off Gaza from not only the West Bank but also from the rest of the world. Restricted commodity movement such as goods and materials needed for reconstruction, infrastructure projects and internal manufacturing are restricted. Furthermore, the population of the Gaza Strip is expected to increase to 2.1 million by 2020, with the UN reporting that Gaza will no longer be habitable if major reconstruction is further delayed (UNRWA)