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6 December 2012
The World Health Organization receives donations for Gaza
Jerusalem: Two donors have responded so far to the World Health Organization's urgent appeal for $10 million to provide essential medicines and medical disposables for Gaza. The financial support from Norway and Mercy Relief in Singapore, channeled through the World Health Organization, total $620,000. The donations will contribute toward alleviating the severe shortages of lifesaving medicines and medical disposables in Gaza made critical by the recent 8-day escalation of violence resulting in more than 1,500 casualties.
The most recent donation, from Norway, was made on December 5, 2012, by the Minister Counselor from the Representative Office of Norway who signed an agreement for a donation of $600,000 to WHO oPt. The donation will be utilized to procure 13 medicines and 31 medical disposable items currently at zero-stock. The charity foundation Mercy Relief based in Singapore donated $20,000 for urgently needed laboratory supplies and essential medicines. The first items were procured and delivered to Gaza on December 4 for use in public health facilities.
WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and other health partners to ensure that the supplies are delivered to the health facilities where they are most needed.
In addition to medicines and medical disposable supplies sent by the Ministry of Health in Ramallah during the hostilities, donations were also sent to the Ministry of Health and other health facilities in Gaza by a number of different organizations.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza requires $2.5 - $3 million monthly for essential medicines and medical disposables for primary and secondary care facilities. On November 17, shortly after the start of the recent escalation, WHO appealed for $10 million to cover the gap in supplies as well as needs for the next three months. On November 29, 35% of medicines on the essential drug list and more than one half of medical disposables were at zero stock despite all the donations which had been received by then.
Contact: Advocacy Unit WHO occupied Palestinian territory 00972 (0)2 540 0595