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EMERGENCY AID FOR THE GAZA DISASTER

 

Nature’s lashes on mankind and Catastrophes are the call of Nature which humans cannot stand against and the globe is constantly trying to emerge out of these Natural disasters.
But… A War… Whereby one human is standing against another…
Costing the lives of little babies and blood shed of innocent humans… This Horrifying Act is not called for…

The need for immediate aid cannot be stressed enough. The scale of the damage and loss is unimaginable and will take years to repair. The only way to reach out to the innocents caught in the conflict is to give generously from your heart, with their gratitude as your only reward

UPFBH contribution towards the thousands of displaced people of Gaza.

  • First aid kits
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Medical supplies
  • Tents
  • Blankets
  • Canned food
  • Clothes in good condition

UPFBH EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO ALL THE DONORS WHO HAVE COME FORWARD AND DONATED GENEROUSLY TOWARDS THE AFFECTED PEOPLE OF GAZA AND WELCOMES YOU IN JOINING HANDS FOR A NOBLE MISSION.

 
Please click here to make your Donation... As every generous drop of help can bring a ray of sunshine in the life of a Human.
 
THE BACKGROUND
 

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an ongoing dispute between the State of Israel and Palestinian freedom organization Hamas. It also forms part of the wider Arab-Israeli conflict. Essentially, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a dispute between two seemingly-mutually exclusive national identities, both of which claim the same area of land (widely recognized as the current state of Israel). However, there is a difference between both sides. Israel is a legitimate member of the United Nations while Hamas is a freedom organization.

The Current Situation

The Israeli military offensive into Gaza began on 27 December 2008 when the Israel Defense Forces launched a campaign codenamed Operation Cast Lead, targeting the members and infrastructure of Hamas.
A six-month truce between Hamas and Israel ended on 19 December 2008, after Hamas blamed Israel for not lifting the Gaza Strip blockade and for continuing raids in Gaza, and Israel blamed Hamas for the rocket and mortar attacks directed at its southern cities. Israel's stated objectives in this conflict are to defend itself from Palestinian rocket fire and prevent the rearming of Hamas. Hamas demands the cessation of Israeli attacks and an end to the Israeli blockade.

According to the Ministry of Health, as of noon on 6 January 573 Palestinians have been killed and 2,745 have been injured since the start of Israeli military operations. At least 30% of the fatalities and 45% of the wounded are women and children. The death toll is expected to rise further as clashes in densely-populated urban areas continue.

Significant damage to, and destruction of, key roads, power and water infrastructure and buildings has been reported, including to a large gas storage facility and electricity transformers, posing immediate risk to health.

The Israeli military operation follows an 18-month-long blockade of the Gaza Strip which has depleted stocks of relief items on which much of the population depends, crippled the private sector, and driven unprecedented numbers of Palestinians out of work and self-sufficiency and into poverty. The crisis had already left most of the population of 1.5 million unable to exercise its most basic rights and access to services amidst a collapse of infrastructure and severe shortages of power, water, food and medical supplies.

It is realistic to assume that the 80% of the population already dependent on humanitarian assistance will increase further once fresh needs assessments can be safely carried out.

 
IMMEDIATE PRIORITY NEEDS AND INITIAL RESPONSE PLAN PER SECTOR
 
Protection:
• Psycho-social teams on the ground and working with families as soon as conditions allow;
• Distribution of child protection kits.

Shelter:
• Blankets, candles and non-food items for 13-15,000 displaced people, including
5,500 people living in emergency shelters;
• Urgent repairs to hundreds of thousands of homes, including basic plastic sheeting for windows.

Food Aid and Food Security:
• Sugar and 450 metric tones of wheat flour needed per day (for entire population);
• Cooking gas for large part of population;
• Bread and high-energy biscuits in the absence of cooking gas.

Water/Sanitation:
• Spare parts for generators, damaged pumps, water wells, and other essential water/sanitation infrastructure;
• Fuel to run water and sewage pumps, generators, etc;
• Tankered water;
• Technical expertise to repair damaged infrastructure;
• Chlorine tablets for wells and domestic water supply.

Agriculture:
Agricultural livelihoods are in grave danger of being lost forever unless there is urgent intervention with:
• Technical expertise for repairing broken irrigation pipes, water sources;
• Seeds, tools and other agricultural essentials.

Cash for Work/Assistance:
No money has been allowed into Gaza from UNRWA accounts in the West Bank since the beginning of November 2008. Until this situation has been resolved, all cash projects are on hold.

Education:
A number of schools have been damaged and others are used as shelters. A more in-depth needs assessment will be carried out when conditions allow.

Health Concerns:
• Increased civilian casualties in the face of limited hospital bed/care capacity coupled with controlled external referral care will only result in a higher number of preventable deaths (tetanus, gangrene, hemorrhagic shock, etc.) and physical and mental disabilities;

• Contamination of water and sewage lines with intermittent electricity to health facilities may result in outbreaks of water-borne disease. Worsening hygiene and sanitation inside and outside health facilities will yield life-threatening nosocomial infections (septicemia, osteomyelitis etc.) and will inevitably affect health outcomes.

• The psycho-social dimension is underestimated due to the prolonged blockade compounded by poverty and restrictions in previous months;

• With a health system already reportedly on the brink of collapse, a grave concern is a spike in maternal and infant mortality because of limited pre-natal, natal and postnatal care. Unmanaged chronic diseases will only add to the preventable disease burden;

• Coordination of health interventions by partners becomes increasingly difficult and involves other countries, including Egypt;

• Influx of unsolicited supplies through various Gaza crossing points poses a special challenge for coordination, warehousing, transport and quality control.

• Gaps in specific drugs stocks and medical equipment will be identified in coming days as donated supplies are processed, recorded and checked against hospital requirements.
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