COVID-19 Emergency Appeal: Palestine

Mahmoud family take shelter in disused storage shed

The World Health Organisation identified the risk in Palestine as very high. Insufficient critical care beds and ventilators dramatically raises the mortality rate.

On 29th March 2020,  there were 104 active cases of Covid-19 in Palestine, with one death. Despite the current low number of cases, the WHO identified the risk in Palestine as very high, due to lack of critical care beds and ventilators. This dramatically raises the mortality rate of COVID-19.

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the United Nations had already stated that 2.4 million people in the occupied Palestinian territory are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection in 2020, that’s one in every two Palestinians. There is an ongoing blockade of Gaza since 2007, and there are continuing high rates of food insecurity, poverty, and unemployment, and thousands of families are still displaced since the war on Gaza in 2014.

It is in this difficult context that Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza are also in lockdown right now. Parents are  already struggling to feed their families from limited resources, with the added impact of Covid-19.

Since 1st March 2020, Welfare Association (Taawon) is:

 1. Working with hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza to help extend their over-stretched services  and equip them as they prepare for the scale of infections and patient numbers to increase. For example we are working with the Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem to extend their ICU services.

2. Providing hundreds of families with hygiene kits to help keep them safe.

3. Implementing social distancing, hand-washing and increasing the number of days to redeem food vouchers to prevent overcrowding, in our projects in the West Bank and Gaza, keeping families safe.

4. Preparing for our emergency food distribution projects in Gaza during Ramadan. We will buy freshly harvested crops (vegetables, fruit, herbs, ) from Gaza farmers and package with chicken and eggs and distribute to hundreds of struggling families in Gaza, each week for five weeks. Providing funds and food to marginalised families.

Please help us to stamp out Covid-19 and continue this essential work.