WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP
The Health Sector Working Group met 1 September, with a new structure and working methods as defined by the Palestinian Authority and the international community. The Minister of Planning called for the meeting under the MoH chairmanship to discuss the national health plan and the health information system.
A WHO consultant was fielded for one-week period in order to: a) support the Editorial Board for the planning phase of Bridges (Israeli-Palestinian health magazine), and b) further develop contacts with Birzeit University's Gaza Community Mental Health Project for the preparation and implementation of a Quality of Life survey in West Bank and Gaza.
WHO has led the health sector in the elaboration of the health situation analysis for the Consolidated Appeal Process 2005. Several participatory meetings with the Ministry of Health, health service providers and UN agencies (including UNFPA, UNRWA, UNICEF and OCHA) provided the basis for the draft.
WHO organized and supported the participation of two WHO and two Ministry of Health staff in a Mental Health training event in Scotland.
WHO is supporting an initiative that will allow a delegation of Palestinian women from the Women Empowerment Project in Gaza and a delegation of Israeli women from the Women Coalition organization in Haifa to attend a fourday seminar and exchange in Turin. This activity is part of the European, Palestinian and Israeli Cities for health and social partnership.
Current WHO humanitarian actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been made possible by 2004 funding from USAID, AGFUND, and the Government of Norway, as well as pre-2004 funding from ECHO.