Working to alleviate poverty, hunger, and improving access to healthcare and clean water
Population: 10 Million
- high level of urbanization
- limited natural resources
UMR's Advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Palestine
What is the situation in Palestine?
Political instability has created an unsustainable economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza. Combined with declining donor support in recent years, the roughly 5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza have suffered poverty, hunger, and limited resources . Primarily concentrated in urban areas, 39% of the Gaza population and 16% of the West Bank population live below the poverty line, and 44% of the overall Palestinian population is made up of refugee families [2, 3]. Conditions in Palestine have devastated families in the region, as evidenced by the near 50% of the population made up of children 18 years old and younger .
What types of interventions does UMR implement?
Palestine has several national priorities aligning with the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda, including addressing poverty and food insecurity (SDGs 1 & 2) and improving health and well-being (SDG 3). However, unstable political and economic conditions in the region and the COVID-19 pandemic have greatly hindered progress on reaching SDG targets . Read more about Palestine’s priority SDGs here.
UMR has implemented several programs targeting the most vulnerable communities in Gaza and the West Bank to help offset conditions precipitated by ongoing violence:
- As a result of the ongoing violence, health facilities and clinics in Palestine face shortages of medicine and medical equipment. UMR has provided medical shipments to healthcare sites to meet the needs of patients. Learn more about our medical missions here.
- UMR has also distributed food parcels to vulnerable communities in Gaza during the month of Ramadan. Learn more about our food security projects here.