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21 September 2007
Health Action in Crises: Highlights No. 175 – 17 to 23 September 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
Assessments and events:
• UN agencies have been informed that all crossings into the oPt will be standardized by the end of the year. Further, there will be a reduction from 12 crossings to five for all import/export. OCHA reports the impact on humanitarian services will be serious and humanitarian organizations anticipate major difficulty in meeting the needs of the population.
• The Union of Medical Professionals announced on 12 September that it will continue its current strike, initiated on 26 August, until the end of Ramadan. Personnel have been limiting their service to the hours of 08:00-11:00. It is reported that the strike is impacting more at the secondary level than the primary health care level.
• On 11 September, WHO hosted the interagency logistic coordination meeting. Problems related to border crossings and holiday closures were discussed as the will affect the delivery of shipments.
• The WHO Work-Plan and related budget of the pharmaceutical sector for the next two years was finalized in the framework of the Joint Programme Review and Planning Missions exercise.
• On 12 September, the WHO mental health team in Gaza met the director of the National Society of Rehabilitation, a local NGO, to discuss the possibility of including the psychosocial component in the community based rehabilitation project implemented by the NGO.