Americares has provided emergency funding to our longtime partner Anera to locally procure critical supplies for the only blood bank in Gaza as the regional violence continues.
Fighting between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, broke out May 10 and quickly escalated to become the largest conflict since 2014. The conflict raged on for 11 days until a ceasefire was negotiated.
Six hospitals and 11 primary care clinics in Gaza have been damaged in the conflict, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In addition, roads leading to hospitals in Gaza have sustained damage, blocking access for ambulances. Americares has received reports of 33 health facilities in need of fuel and 800,000 people are without regular access to safe drinking water. Casualties, injuries and damage to infrastructure occurred in Gaza and Israel, along with the displacement of thousands of people in Gaza with many seeking shelter.
Americares continues to work with Anera on understanding and meeting additional medicine and medical supply needs.
Donations to Americares Worldwide Disaster Relief Fund will support the response to the crisis.