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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
4 August 2004

Health Action in Crises (WHO/HAC) Highlights - No 20




On 29 July in Gaza City, WHO and the Palestinian MoH officially inaugurated a pilot Community Mental Health Center (CMHC). It is one of three CMHCs constructed in West Bank and Gaza Strip by WHO. The CMHCs are an integral part of the mental health project currently being implemented by WHO and the MOH using funding from ECHO.

The city of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip continues to be under severe movement restrictions and military surveillance. Roads to the town are closed to all vehicles except those of UN and International NGO staff and Palestinian ambulances.


The WHO office in Jerusalem coordinated a meeting of Palestinian health providers in West Bank/ Ramallah to evaluate the impact of the Separation Barrier on health and to update the Consolidated Appeal. Approximately 210,000 West Bank Palestinians will be directly affected by the separation barrier.

WHO is finalizing preparations for a health magazine to be written, edited, produced and managed by both Palestinian and Israeli academics and health professionals under the sponsorship of WHO. The project aims to provide a neutral forum under the umbrella of a UN agency in order to raise key public health issues of common interest to the two societies.

WHO is providing input to the UN Report to the 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian Women.

WHO has continued to monitor the emergency situation in Beit Hanoun, reporting health-related information through the Healthinforum Website, newsletter and briefings.

Current WHO humanitarian actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been made possible by 2004 funding from USAID and AGFUND, as well as pre-2004 funding from ECHO and the Government of Norway.

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