West Bank, Gaza
People Helped in 2018: 820,890
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. Our teams worked to improve access to clean water and strengthen household sanitation in our efforts to prevent the spread of waterborne illnesses.
We 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. We also provide immediate cash assistance, helping populations avoid loss of livelihoods and falling into the lowest levels of vulnerability when suffering a shock.