West Bank, Gaza
The West Bank and Gaza are Palestinian Territories that have been under the contested control of Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967. The long-standing political tensions between Israel and Palestine over these disputed regions -- which include East Jerusalem -- may be decades in the making, but the end result is chronic political instability and severe trade restrictions that have had devastating impacts on local livelihoods, economic opportunities, sanitation conditions, and household food consumption, making life even more precarious for an already at-risk population.
Action Against Hunger has carried out humanitarian programs in the Palestinian Territories since 2002, addressing needs in the West Bank and Gaza for revitalized livelihoods, income opportunities, improved access to water and sanitation, and nutritional support. When unusually low rainfall produced water shortages and increased prices in 2009, our teams worked to improve access to clean water and strengthen household sanitation for 12,500 families in our efforts to prevent the spread of waterborne illnesses. We also constructed and rehabilitated pipelines and water points, addressed water needs among pastoralists and their livestock, and carried out public campaigns to educate women and students on efficient water usage and effective hygiene practices.
Our objectives in the region are threefold: improve coverage of basic needs (water, sanitation, nutrition) for the most vulnerable, improve economic conditions by helping to restore relations between Israeli and Palestinian traders and producers, and facilitating policy change in support of humanitarian aims.