Concern Worldwide today launched a public appeal to help fund the expansion of the emergency response work by Alliance2015 partner CESVI in the Gaza Strip, where communities are facing catastrophic food shortages and famine-like conditions.  

The entire population of the Gaza Strip (2.23 million people) is currently facing acute food insecurity, meaning that people do not know where their next meal is coming from. Half the population is estimated to be facing catastrophic food shortages or famine-like conditions. 

In the North Gaza governorate, the latest data indicates that one in three children below the age of two is now acutely malnourished or “wasted”. This means that they are dangerously thin for their height.  

The southern governorates of Deir al-Balah and Khan Younis, and the governorate of Rafah, are classified in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency). However, in a worst-case scenario, these governorates face a risk of famine before July 2024.  

Concern Worldwide is supporting our Alliance2015 partner CESVI respond to the emergency in Gaza. CESVI has distributed 19 tonnes of therapeutic food, used to treat severely malnourished children, to seven clinics in in Rafah and Deir al-Balah. Based on recent findings, it aims to provide a further seven tonnes of therapeutic food. Photo: CESVI

The widespread, intense, and relentless conflict has forced approximately 1.9 million people to flee, constituting 85% of the population in the Gaza Strip. To date, more than 31,000 fatalities and 73,000 injuries have been reported.  

Overall, 50,400 children aged under-five are estimated to be acutely malnourished.  The entire population of Gaza is facing a critical water shortage. 

Concern has already allocated €250,000 from its emergency funds and it plans to bolster this with donations to the Gaza appeal which was launched this week. “Funds raised will be used to provide nutrition, water and sanitation, and to distribute hygiene products and other essential household items,” Concern Worldwide Chief Executive David Regan said. 

“We are appalled at the scale of humanitarian need and are calling for an end to the conflict so that needs can be addressed, the hostages can be released, and desperate families can have safe access to essential humanitarian aid including food, water and shelter,” Mr Regan said. 

Concern is supporting CESVI, which has worked in the region since 1994.  The two organisations have worked together effectively in the past, most recently in Ukraine and Mozambique.  

With 1.9 million people forced to flee their homes, water, sanitation and hygiene supports are urgently needed. Photo: CESVI

“CESVI has now reached the point at which it needs additional funding to continue to expand its response, and Concern is supporting this.  We will use the funds raised to meet the immediate needs of the most affected populations,” Mr Regan said.  

Concern aims to support CESVI to help communities in Gaza access basic emergency needs: nutrition; water; sanitation; hygiene; and waste management.  It will focus interventions within  makeshift and public collective sites in Deir al Balah and Rafah

CESVI distributed 18 tonnes of therapeutic food, used to treat malnourished children, to seven clinics in Gaza during March. Based on recent findings, it aims to provide a further seven tonnes of therapeutic food, working with two clinics already supported in Rafah and extend its support to Deir Al Balah.  This would enable an estimated 800 to 900 malnourished children to be treated. 

Concern Worldwide is supporting our Alliance2015 partner CESVI expand its response to the emergency in Gaza. In March CESVI distributed 18 tonnes of therapeutic food to 10 clinics and hospitals located in Rafah and Deir al-Balah to save severely malnourished children. Photo: CESVI

It will truck clean water to targeted communities and distribute water containers to schools and community facilities. This will provide access to clean water to an estimated 1,200 households.   

With 1.9 million people forced to flee their homes, water, sanitation and hygiene supports are urgently needed.  The water trucking activities will complemented by the distribution of hygiene items such as soap and detergent. 

Communities will also be supported to rehabilitate local water and sanitation facilities and waste collection services.  

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