Health and COVID-19 Response

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USAID improves access to essential and advanced health care services to Palestinians and assistance for the COVID-19 pandemic response. This assistance includes personal protective equipment, infection prevention and hygiene kits, capacity building, and other related services. USAID also funds COVAX, a global vaccine initiative to donate COVID-19 vaccines, including more than 500,000 to the West Bank and Gaza.

USAID is currently doing this through the following activities:

Gaza Health Matters

$5 million • Implemented by International Medical Corps • 2016-2022

Funded as part of USAID’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Gaza Health Matters activity responds to urgent health-related needs in Gaza stemming from COVID-19. The activity works with health partner organizations to reduce transmission, improve case management, and increase vaccine advocacy.

East Jerusalem Hospital Network (EJHN)

$100 million • 2022-2025

Between 2022-2025, USAID will provide up to $100 million to support the East Jerusalem Hospital Network (EJHN), as announced by President Biden during his historic visit to Jerusalem in July 2022. As part of this commitment, USAID already provided $14.5 million in debt relief to EJHN to ensure continued support for otherwise unavailable life-saving treatments to Palestinians. 

Since 2014, USAID provided the East Jerusalem Hospital Network (EJHN) with financial assistance to support necessary and life-saving treatments to tens of thousands of Palestinians. The EJHN delivers services for Palestinians that are unavailable in the West Bank and Gaza, including highly specialized medical services, such as pediatric cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterization, nephrology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, and cancer treatment.


Last updated: August 12, 2022

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