Initial assessment of damaged caused to a house during the escalation in Gaza. 13 May 2023. Credit Palestine Red Crescent Society
Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
All humanitarian responses will prioritize a community-centered approach and will take appropriate measure towards the protection against sexual abuse and exploitation (PSEA). SAWA helpline 121 and WhatsApp number 00 972 59-4040121 (East Jerusalem 1-800-500-121) operate 24/7. These toll-free numbers are disseminated across all areas of intervention to report cases of sexual abuse and exploitation and facilitate emergency counselling and referrals of affected people to services. The PSEA Network is monitoring calls daily and will reinforce the number of counsellors if necessary.
The escalation has highlighted the urgent need for humanitarian assistance in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Of the total requirements of about $502 million outlined in the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan, only 15 per cent has been funded in the first third of the year. Organizations such as UNRWA and WFP are facing critical funding shortfalls, resulting in decreased assistance to vulnerable Palestinians at a time of increasing need and heightened instability.
|Cluster/Sector||Required (US$)||Funded (US$)||Coverage (%)|
|Shelter and Non-Food Items||$34,848,993||$6,800,000||19.51%|
|Water, Hygiene and Sanitation||$34,716,169||$5,764,012||16.60%|