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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
21 September 2008



Health Action in Crises: Highlights No. 226 – 15 to 21 September 2008

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.


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OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY

Assessments and Events
• The Palestinians are becoming more dependent on foreign aid, mainly due to a sluggish economy stifled by continued Israeli restrictions on trade and movement, the World Bank said in a report Wednesday.
The union of health professionals has announced the extension of their strike for the fourth week. However, more than two-thirds of Gaza’s 11 MoH hospitals are working. All required services are provided but the number of elective surgeries is reduced.

Actions
• WHO held a meeting with international and national NGOs and UN agencies to share information on current preparation process for the CAP 2009. A workshop is planned on 23-24 September for this purpose.
WHO monitors the impact of the health workers’ strike on the delivery of services at the MoH hospitals and clinics.
WHO met with the heads of the nursing, mother and child health and nutrition departments at the MoH to discuss supervision and monitoring of the nutrition surveillance system. Field visits to primary health care (PHC) clinics will resume in October to monitor the implementation of the surveillance system.
WHO and Médecins du Monde-Spain discussed the content of the translated guide on mental health and neurological diseases in PHC and the possibility of disseminating this guide to health care facilities. With MDM-France, discuss the content of two mental health modules they will organize in the PHC facilities.
WHO’s emergency activities are funded by ECHO, Italy, Norway, OCHASpain and the CERF.

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