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Gaza Crisis

Your Impact

What we're doing to help children in Gaza

Since 7 October we've reached over 337,000 people, including 173,000 children, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.


  • We’re distributing medical supplies across Rafah
  • Working with local partners, we’ve distributed hygiene products
  • In Egypt, we’re supporting hospitals and ambulances receiving medical evacuees from Gaza, including assistance for premature babies.

Our Emergency Health Unit

  • We've set up an Emergency Health Unit to provide specialised paediatric care for sick and injured children.
  • Paediatric staff at the Emergency Health Unit are conducting outreach at mobile clinics in areas which cannot easily access services.
  • The team are also providing mentoring and informal teaching to doctors and nurses where needed.
  • They're working with midwife staff from a partner organisation to set up a postnatal ward, procure necessary equipment, recruit midwifves and staff to the maternity unit, and provide antenatal and postnatal care to mums and babies at clinics.


  • We’re distributing food parcels and drinking water
  • We’ve trained community volunteers on screening of children under 5 for malnutrition, infant and young child feeding practices in emergency and how to identify children with danger signs and to refer them to the nearest medical center or health facility
  • We’re assessing 10 shelters to identify where there are gaps for nutrition services as well as to avoid duplication of services already provided
  • We’ve delivered breastfeeding support kits and breast milk substitute kits


  • We’ve distributed shelter kits, including mattresses, plastic mats and bedding sets

Mental health support

  • We've provided mental health and psychosocial support to children and their families and we’re delivering cash to families to help them to buy essentials
  • In Egypt, we’re training frontline staff on child safeguarding as well as mental health and psychosocial support.


  • We have been working on a plan for children in Gaza to restart their education.

We're also responding to growing needs in the West Bank and Lebanon, and gearing up our teams across the region to prepare for any rise in children's needs as the situation evolves.

We can do more and we are ready to scale up our response as soon as more access is possible.

This response will include:

  • distributing more essential supplies, such as water, food, toiletries, cooking utensils, and other household essentials
  • delivering further Mental Health and Psychosocial Support services for children and caregivers
  • setting up child friendly spaces so children have a safe space to play and recover
  • distributing warm clothes and blankets, as well as more cash and vouchers so families can buy food, medicines and any other essentials.
  • providing fuel and water infrastructure for hospitals and distributing water storage tanks
  • ensuring children continue to have access to education, by setting up temporary learning spaces and repairing damaged schools
  • identifying the most at-risk children for referrals to protection related services

The situation in Gaza and Israel

The conditions needed to scale-up humanitarian assistance in Gaza are currently not being met and humanitarian aid is being used as a weapon of war. An adequate humanitarian response is not possible without an immediate and definitive ceasefire.

Children are terrified, have been forced from their homes, and are cut off from an education. Civilians can never be targeted and there are no circumstances under international humanitarian law in which this can be ignored. The killing and maiming of children, along with attacks on schools and hospitals, is a grave violation, and those responsible should be held to account for their actions. 

All children captured must be released immediately and unconditionally. Civilians, and infrastructure essential for their lives, such as hospitals and schools, must be spared from the violence.  

The only way to truly protect children’s lives is to halt this violence. 

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Our Emergency Fund not only enables us to respond immediately when a disaster strikes, it also allows us to respond to the countless ongoing crises around the world that don't hit the headlines.   

This fund allows us to pool resources before emergencies happen. This means that we can plan, prepare for and deliver aid to children and communities as soon as a crisis hits.

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