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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
8 March 2009

Health Action in Crises
Highlights No 249 - 2 - 8 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
International donors have made aid pledges of $4.48 billion to the Palestinian Authority mainly to rebuild Gaza during the 3 March Conference in Cairo.

For the health and nutrition sector, donors pledged a total of US$ 35.720 million specifically to reconstruct and rehabilitate totally and partially destroyed clinics and hospitals. Most of the funds (30.47 million) will be dedicated to providing medical assistance for disabled casualties.
Eleven trucks of medical supplies from the MoH and various stakeholders entered into Gaza. WHO is providing logistic support to the CDS in Gaza but also in Ramallah. Around 4600 tons of medical supplies have been received in Gaza. So far, around 70% of all items were unpacked, stored and inventoried. A complete inventory is expected to be finalized in the forthcoming week.
Out of 324 permit applications submitted in February, 56.5% had their permits granted in a timely manner, 33.6% had their applications delayed, 2.8% denied and another 7.1% are still awaiting an exit permit. According to the Palestinian Liaison Officer at Erez, 258 patients exited through Erez in February.
Rafah border crossing opened from 22–24 February: 337 patients crossed the border for medical treatment abroad, including 15 patients via ambulances.
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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