Gaza

The 25-mile long, 6-mile wide Gaza Strip traces its origins to an international agreement that ended the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. The northern boundary represents the line of separation between Israeli and Egyptian military forces at the end of the conflict, while the southern border with Egypt marks the historical divide between the old British and Ottoman empires. About three-quarters of the population consist of Palestinian refugees. Long part of Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli forces unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005 in a move many hoped at the time would be the beginning of a final Arab-Israeli peace settlement. However, the subsequent election of Hamas escalated political tensions and violence with Israel.

Amid the current humanitarian emergency in Gaza, International Medical Corps' team is assessing immediate needs and providing psychosocial support to children and families. Teams have focused efforts in the "Access Restricted Areas" in Gaza - areas located directly across the border from Israel.

International Medical Corps has been working in Gaza since 2008, where we have provided emergency medical, mental health and psychosocial care, and early childhood development while also strengthening the capacity of local service providers, caregivers and service users.

QUICK FACTS

  • Population

    Population
    1.8 Million

  • age

    Median Age
    18.2 Years

  • life

    Life Expectancy
    74.64 Years

  • life

    Fertility Rate
    4.24 children per mother

  • Literacy Rate
    95.3% (male: 97.9%, female: 92.6%)

OUR PROGRAMS IN GAZA

  • Population

    Mental Health

AFTERMATH
How One Family is Recovering From the 2014 Gaza-Israel Conflict

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CURRENT PROGRAMS

Psychosocial Support

International Medical Corps is conducting two specialized mental health programs in Gaza. Teams engage local men in a program called “Fathers Matter” - a program designed to decrease the long-lasting effects of the traumatic events that fathers and children experienced during the 50-day war in 2014. The goal of this program is to engage fathers in psychosocial activities and encourage them to take on an increased role in the well being of their children.


Our teams also provide a program in psychosocial interventions and parental support. In this program, local mental health workers train community volunteers in Psychological First Aid, create child friendly spaces for children ages 4-12, coordinate educational workshops for mothers, fathers and teenage girls, distribute critical non-food items, and help train community organization in psychological interventions.

RESOURCES

International Medical Corps - Gaza: Statement of Funds and Local Expenditures

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International Medical Corps - Gaza: Statement of Funds and Local Expenditures (Arabic)

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Early Childhood Development in Access Restricted Areas of Gaza

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