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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
3 May 2009




Health Action in Crises
Highlights No 256 - 27 April - 3 May 2009

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
Fifty-four MoH primary healthcare clinics and 13 hospitals, and 30 primary healthcare clinics and 14 hospitals run by NGOs or privately require a stronger disease surveillance system.
The water and sewage network was damaged during the recent conflict in Gaza, increasing public health risks. In several areas, leaks in the sewage system are reported, potentially contaminating drinking water.

Actions
UN agencies and the MoH are working to strengthen communicable disease surveillance systems in Gaza.
WHO is analysing if the risk of outbreak of waterborne and food-borne diseases in Gaza is still high. The WASH Cluster is supporting the WHO and Gaza MoH in preventing disease outbreaks, and is proposing an emergency project to strengthen and monitor the MoH disease surveillance system across the Strip.
WHO requires US$ 9.7 million through the Special Appeal for life-saving and recovery needs in Gaza. WHO has received support from OCHA, Italy, Norway and Australia. Spain, Switzerland and ECHO have contributed to the CAP.

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