WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP
A five-day workshop (6-10 September) was held on the West Bank and Gaza Strip Health Sector Review in Cyprus. Approximately 20 Palestinian MoH staff, together with international experts (including WHO staff) and representatives from major donor agencies, discussed the Task Force's findings in the areas of financing, governance, health status, service delivery, and health performance.
Between 10-19 September, WHO arranged for the third mission of six British Mental Health consultants. This mission constituted part of the in-service training and team-building component of the Mental Health Project. Trainings addressed 49 staff from the Community Mental Health Centres of Ramallah and Hebron, as well as Bethlehem's Psychiatric Hospital.
WHO, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, hosted the monthly Health Coordination meetings in Ramallah and Rafah on 15 September. In Ramallah, Care International presented the findings or two assessments: the 2003 nutritional assessment in West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the assessment of the logistics chain at the Ministry of Health Central Drug Stores.
WHO distributed the August issue of the Health Inforum newsletter, which features the main health-related events for the month, including the Polio campaign in Rafah and El Mawasi, the health coordination meeting in Salfit, the four-day ICRC conflict surgery seminar, and the Palestinian-Israeli Conference on Diabetes in Tulkarem.
Current WHO humanitarian actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been made possible by 2004 funding from USAID, AGFUND, and the Government of Norway, as well as pre-2004 funding from ECHO.