Where We Work


Gaza’s population of 2 million resides in a politically tense, 25-mile long, 6-mile wide strip of land on the eastern Mediterranean coast. Passed from Egyptian to Israeli and later Palestinian administrative control over the past 60 years, the de-facto self-governing Palestinian territory is home to a severe and long-running humanitarian crisis.

After a period of relative calm following the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, the security and political situation in Gaza deteriorated significantly. According to the World Bank, the economy is in free fall, with poverty, unemployment and food insecurity on the rise—as are other core drivers of humanitarian needs.

According to the United Nations, 46% of Gaza’s population lives below the poverty line, while and an estimated 62% of households are food-insecure. Some 1.5 million women, children and men need humanitarian assistance, and face severe restrictions on access to healthcare and protection services. Hampered by the restricted movement of people and goods, limited staffing, inconsistent payment of salaries and shortages of medicine, the health system relies heavily on humanitarian aid for basic medical services.

In response to the 2021 conflict, International Medical Corps is working with local partners, including hospitals and primary healthcare facilities, to provide:

  • emergency healthcare services, including medicines and medical supplies;
  • mental health services, including psychological first aid, for victims of trauma;
  • emergency nutrition programming;
  • support for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV);
  • child protection and response activities; and
  • services to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

1.9 million

Life expectancy



Infant mortality rate

14.9 deaths 

per 1,000 live births

The Challenges


Gaza’s tense political and security environment has seen periods of sporadic violence and conflict


Continuous conflict, including the 2014 war and ongoing political tension in the time since has remained a challenge


Restrictions on humanitarian workers crossing into Gaza, power cuts, delays in the arrival of supplies and ongoing tensions contribute to an unpredictable work environment

Our Response

International Medical Corps has worked in Gaza since 2008, providing emergency medical, mental health and psychosocial services. In 2009, International Medical Corps established mental health and psychosocial support programs for vulnerable Palestinians, integrating mental health services into primary healthcare services while focusing on capacity-building. In the aftermath of the 2014 conflict, we implemented emergency response activities in 26 hard-to-reach areas; in 2016, we helped to manage USAID’s Gaza 2020: Health Matters project, focusing on emergency preparedness and response, and primary and secondary healthcare, serving more than 30,000 people through the life of the project.

Thanks to generous funding by the Shefa Fund, we provide medical assistance in Gaza that reaches some 10,000 people in need.

Our current work includes the following.

Primary Healthcare

In collaboration with a local non-governmental organization, we provide primary healthcare services to marginalized and underserved communities across the Gaza strip through three hospitals, two primary healthcare centers and two MMTs, increasing access to primary healthcare services and integrated psychosocial support.


We provide emergency supplies and equipment to three local hospitals and two primary healthcare centers.

Emergency Preparedness Training

We train hospital staff and other health workers in emergency preparedness. We also support operative and post-operative services at three local hospitals by providing training in patient safety and infection prevention and control.

Fathers Matter

Involving fathers decreases the effects that traumatic events during the war have on their children and families.

Delivering Critical Mental Health Care for Families Affected by Violence in Gaza

Having operated in Gaza since 2008, we are assessing immediate humanitarian needs and providing mental health and psychosocial support to families affected by the violence.


Our Impact

of Gaza’s population depends on international aid, according to the World Bank
Gaza's unemployment rate, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics



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