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Israel Gaza War

Active Emergency (Photo: Ibrahim Zaanoun/Anera)
October 7, 2023

The Situation

Since Israel was violently attacked on Oct. 7 and the ongoing hostilities escalated, tens of thousands of people have been reported killed or injured in Israel and Gaza. An estimated 1.7 million people are displaced in Gaza—about 75 percent of the population. Those displaced are living in overcrowded, makeshift shelters without access to basic necessities like clean water and adequate nutrition, heightening health concerns.

“The situation is absolutely dire—tens of thousands of families need food, clean water and shelter—and hospitals are running out of fuel. Our support will help health facilities continue operating and providing essential health services to children and adults most impacted by this crisis.”
Deputy Senior Vice President of Emergency Programs Provash Budden

There are already more than 1.4 million reported cases of infectious diseases, including acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, skin infections and meningitis, according to the World Health Organization and a recent Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health-London School of Medicine & Tropical Hygiene study projects another 85,000 people could die by the end of August due to traumatic injuries, disease or untreated health conditions.

Updated 6/10/24

Our Response

Americares is prioritizing the most urgent medical needs of civilians caught in the crossfire.  

We are working with partner organizations with staff on the ground in Israel, Gaza, Egypt, and Lebanon to increase access to medicine, medical supplies and mental health support for frontline health care providers and survivors.

An Americares shipment to Gaza containing tons of desperately needed surgical supplies, bandages, antibiotics, oral rehydration salts and labor and delivery supplies. (Photo/Anera) 

In Gaza, we are providing medicine and medical supplies, including intravenous solutions, syringes, bandages, antibiotics, oral rehydration salts, catheters and stents, and labor and delivery supplies. We’re also providing mental health support, for staff of our longtime partner organization working Gaza, Anera. Since the hostilities escalated in October, Americares has delivered 19 tons of essential medicine and medical supplies to Gaza, including enough medicine to fill more than 200,000 prescriptions.  

Americares is also funding medical care, hygiene kits, clothing and educational materials for children and their caregivers in Gaza and Egypt. 

In Israel, Americares is working with multiple organizations to meet the physical and mental health needs of those affected by the crisis.   

Americares is funding medical equipment to support United Hatzalah volunteer emergency medical technicians, paramedics and physicians assisting people injured or displaced by the war and through HIAS, supporting a mental health hotline and the distribution of household supplies and baby care items. Americares is also providing funding to IsraAID, a non-governmental organization that responds to emergencies and humanitarian crises, to provide mental health support and child-friendly spaces for populations displaced within Israel due to the hostilities. 

READ MORE about our medical aid for Israel and Gaza in the first 100 days of the war. 

Americares staff prepare a shipment for Gaza at Americares Global Distribution Center in Stamford, Connecticut, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. (Photo/Tara O’Neill). 

How do we decide who to help?

We believe that health is a human right. And as the humanitarian crisis worsens, we are committed to providing support to meet the health needs of those affected by the crisis. Americares follows humanitarian principles and gives priority to the most urgent cases irrespective of race, nationality, geography, gender, religious belief, political opinion or class. We always ensure the support we provide is neutral, impartial and the right match for the local needs.