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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
28 September 2004



Health Action in Crises Monthly Report
Sep 2004

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WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP

Events:

Three persons died and thirty were injured during an explosion on 22 September in Jerusalem's northern neighbourhood of the French Hill.

The Palestinian Ministry of Women Affairs-formed seven months ago- introduced to UN agencies their Action Plan for 2005-2007. The plan focuses on three cross-cutting sectors:

- Women's marginalisation in policy- and decision-making positions;

- Poverty among young women and particularly heads of households;

- Vocational, technical education and training for female youth.

Actions:

WHO and the Editorial Board of Bridges: the Israeli-Palestinian Health Magazine officially presented the magazine concept, form and initial themes to the magazine's Advisory Committee in Jerusalem on 23 September. The Advisory Committee is composed by 10 Israeli and 10 Palestinian health academics and professionals. The first issue of the magazine will be launched in November.

WHO facilitated and provided technical and logistical assistance for the signature of the training agreement between the Palestinian Ministry of Health and the city of Brussels, the Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer, the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Brugmann and the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Saint-Pierre. The agreement will allow for the training of 20 Palestinian nurses in Belgium for a period of six months beginning 15 November. Belgian nurses will then carry out in-service training in West Bank and Gaza Strip for up to three months. The agreement specifies five areas of training: General Surgery, Trauma Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care, Paediatrics and Oncology.

In conjunction with the Ministry of Health, WHO co-chaired the Gaza Health Coordination meeting in Gaza city on 23 September. The main topic discussed was the recently published results of the John Hopkins University/Al Quds University nutritional survey in 2003. The principal results show a decrease from 2002 in the malnutrition rates among Palestinian children, especially in Gaza strip, mainly due to extensive food assistance provided by the international community.

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.

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