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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
29 March 2009

Health Action in Crises
Highlights No 251 - 16 - 29 March 2009

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters. The mandate of the WHO Departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery. This note, which is not exhaustive, is designed for internal use and does not reflect any official position of the WHO Secretariat.


Assessments and Events
• OCHA reports that access for relief items remains a priority since efforts to resume basic services and implement humanitarian and early recovery programmes are limited by the lack of reconstruction materials and spare parts.
• An assessment of all MoH primary health care facilities was conducted by Médecins du Monde, focusing on staffing, equipment, services and levels of care, was completed and will be made available next week.
• According to the MoH Central Drug Store, the inventory of 90% of the donated drugs is now completed.

• WHO conducted three training of trainers sessions for MoH staff, targeting 50 nurses and 25 teachers, on the standardization of anthropometric measures used in children growth monitoring at primary health care facilities and schools. The training will allow monitoring of the growth and nutritional status of the Gaza children.
• WHO requires US$ 9.7 million through the Special Appeal for life-saving and recovery needs in Gaza. WHO has received support from OCHA, Italy, Norway and Australia. Spain, Switzerland and ECHO have contributed to the CAP.


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