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World Health Organization (WHO)
27 May 2007
Health action in crises
Highlights No 158 – 14 to 27 May 2007
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.
OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
• The latest issue of Bridges, the Israeli-Palestinian public health magazine is being distributed to health professionals, stake-holders and policy makers. This
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Assessments and events:
• Humanitarian aid agencies express concern over renewed intense Palestinian infighting. Since the beginning of 2007, more than 150 people were killed due to factional violence and over 750 injured.
• The strike in the West Bank continues to impact on the provision of essential services. Hospitals only provide life-saving treatments.
• A survey commissioned by Oxfam found that 80% of the 667 households interviewed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip reported that their household income had been reduced in the year following the PA institutional crisis.
• WHO continues monitoring health care provision in the West Bank and is providing technical support and supplies to the MoH.
• The WHO/ECHO pharmaceutical project is ongoing; activities are being conducted by the project team specialists, in close cooperation with the MoH.
• WHO held the monthly donor meeting and presented the health and sentinel indicators for the West Bank and Gaza for the month of April. Major issues discussed during the meeting included the internal violence in Gaza, the effect of the ongoing strike in the West Bank, the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP), and the pharmaceutical project.
• In 2006, WHO’s emergency activities were funded by the Organization’s Regular Budget and contributions from ECHO, Finland, Japan and Norway as well as the CERF. For 2007, support has been pledged from Norway and Italy.