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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
21 June 2009

Health Action in Crises
Highlights No 261 - 8 - 21 June 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
Ongoing Israeli restrictions on the flow of goods in and out of Gaza continue to hamper reconstruction and recovery efforts. The latest report from the Secretary-General on the Assistance to the Palestinian reported “substantial economic and humanitarian deterioration” in the Gaza Strip.

WHO and the Palestinian MoH are working together to improve the quality of infection control measures in hospitals. WHO provided references and concepts on implementing quality improvement programmes.
In Gaza, WHO, health partners and the MoH are coordinating nutrition and mental health activities. WHO and Save the Children-US met to review the nutrition, surveillance system and priority areas in nutrition programmes.
On 11 June, WHO successfully coordinated the entry of 3 boxes of emergency lab reagents (for blood testing) from the MoH in Ramallah into Gaza.
WHO has received support from OCHA, Italy, Norway and Australia. Spain, Switzerland and ECHO have contributed to the CAP.


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