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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
21 November 2007


The Lebanon Crisis Health Cluster Bulletin aims to give an overview of the health activities conducted by the health cluster partners in relation to the latest Lebanon conflict as well as the crisis in the Palestinian camps. It compiles health information received from the different organizations working in the most affected areas.

The Health Cluster Bulletin will be issued every other Wednesday.

    Highlights

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      Nahr El-Bared Crisis
        • The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is leading the Humanitarian and Relief interventions in response to the Nahr El-Bared Crisis.
        • Return of Internally Displaced Refugees (IDRs) to Naher El-Bared “new camp” continues.


Situation overview

Nahr El-Bared Crisis
• Since 13 November October 2007, around 1,200 IDR families have returned to Nahr El-Bared camp and were all assisted with medical services and food and non-food items.
• Health sub-cluster meetings are held on a weekly basis in the North of Lebanon where the partners coordinate their activities in order to prevent duplication and wastage of resources.
• Psychosocial support for IDRs is a priority.
• Reproductive primary health care services will be resumed at the “new camp” in December.

Health Response to the Humanitarian Crisis

National and international Health Cluster partners are providing support in four core areas:


    1. Assessment and monitoring

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Nahr El-Bared Crisis

• According to UNRWA, the disease trend in Nahr el-Bared camp did not differ greatly from that observed in Beddawi camp. The reported cases include: psychological trauma, hypertensive crises, fractures, infected wounds, skin infections, upper respiratory tract infections, bronchial asthma, and other conditions.

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    2. Health Coordination

/... Nahr El-Bared Crisis • The eighteenth Health Cluster meeting was held on 13 November 2007 at UNRWA Lebanon Field Office in Beirut. The next meeting is scheduled for 27 November 2007.
• UNRWA Commissioner General and the Special Coordinator of the UN Secretary-General visited Nahr El Bared “new camp” as well as the UNRWA compound in the old camp. The visit included the temporary shelters accommodating the returnees, the collective centers, the water wells, as well as a briefing by the health team on ongoing activities.
• UNRWA Commissioner General met wit the Popular Committees of North Lebanon to discuss issues related to the return to the Nahr el Bared camp.


    3. Filling health gaps

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Nahr El-Bared Crisis • UNRWA set up a health clinic in Nahr El Bared‘s sector C.
• UNRWA and the Islamic Relief continue to spray the camp with insecticides on daily basis.
• The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is providing ambulance services to the Nahr El Bared camp. PRCS also set up 2 mobile clinics in the Nahr El Bared sectors A and B.
• Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is continuing to provide health services for the disabled.
• Netherlands Red Cross continues to cover the cost of in-patient care at Safad PRCS hospital for non-IDRs.
• UNRWA is continuing the rodent control and disinfection campaign in Nahr El Bared “new camp” including insecticides spraying, removal and burning of dead animals, and removal of rubbish and damaged furniture by sanitation laborers. Rat baits have also been distributed.
• UNRWA assistance to the IDRs is maintained through the provision of medical services at its clinics as well as contractual tertiary care hospitals. Shelters visits, maintenance, water pumping (2.500 cubic meters daily), and solid waste disposal (100 cubic meters daily) are carried out.
• Health Care Society is awaiting a container of medical supplies from ANERA to resume the provision of medications for chronic conditions.

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