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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
11 November 2007



Health Action in Crises: Highlights No. 182 – 5 to 11 November 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.


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OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY

Assessments and Events
• The MoH is facing continued problems to maintain access to quality services. Increased restriction of movements prevents both health personnel and supplies from reaching clinics and people from seeking care.
• Although shortages of pharmaceutical supplies have diminished thanks to the ECHO-funded pharmaceutical project managed by WHO and the MoH, the chronic emergency and the unpredictability of the transport of goods in the Gaza Strip requires the pre-positioning of large quantity of pharmaceutical supplies. However, there are so far hardly any donors’ inancial commitments for the pharmaceutical sector in 2008. Immediate funds are necessary to avert a catastrophic situation in the Palestinian public pharmaceutical.

Actions
• A logistic coordination meeting was held between partners to discuss the increasing difficulties to get goods out of the West Bank into the Gaza Strip.
• ECHO conducted a monitoring visit to review the achievements of the pharmaceutical project.
• WHO has facilitated the preparation of the health section for the CAP 2008. Access to quality health care was highlighted as key priority for the sector.
• WHO’s activities are supported by Finland ECHO and the CERF.

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