Report by the Secretariat
ACTION BY THE HEALTH ASSEMBLY
19. The Health Assembly is invited to note the report.
1United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Protection of Civilians: Casualties Database accessible at: http://www.ochaopt.org/poc/.
2Ministry of Health, Palestinian Health Information Center, Gaza.
1 In view of the collapse that has taken place in the economy of the Gaza Strip since June 2007, gross domestic product in the West Bank must have been positive in 2008. However, given that the population in the West Bank is almost double that of the Gaza Strip, it can be inferred that modest growth in gross domestic product in the former was not sufficient to offset the severe contraction in gross domestic product in the latter.
2These rates of unemployment do not, however, take into account workers who lost their jobs and engaged in unpaid family labour or who took seasonal agricultural work. In addition, people engaged in UNRWA’s temporary employment programmes are not counted in the unemployment statistics. If the current conditions continue, unemployment is predicted to rise to more than 50% in the Gaza Strip by mid-2008.
3 Note: even though some items were delivered, these were not deleted from the list as more quantities are still in need; the following items were deleted from the priority list as enough quantities are available in the Central Drug Store: pethidene 500 mg, saline 0.9% bag of 500 ml, dextrose 4.3% + saline 0.18% and dextrose 5%, 500 ml. These items were heavily consumed during the crisis; however, due to the timely donor intervention, sufficient supply of these drugs is in place.