The 25-mile long, 6-mile wide Gaza Strip forms part of Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories and is home to more than 1.5 million Palestinians. In 2005, Israeli forces unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in a move many hoped would be the beginning of a final Arab-Israeli peace settlement. However, the subsequent election of the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas escalated political tensions and violence with Israel, which today enforces a blockade of the territory to reduce the flow of arms.
International Medical Corps began working in Gaza in 2008, after Israel launched a military offensive that displaced thousands of civilians. We responded with mobile medical teams to provide emergency primary health care, as well as trained mental health practitioners capable of delivering psychosocial and mental health services in the community. Today we continue our work in improving the health and well-being of the people of Gaza through a mental health programme that builds the capacity of local service providers.
International Medical Corps UK recognises the invaluable support of the following European donors to make our work possible.