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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
3 February 2008



Health Action in Crises: Highlights No. 193 – 28 January-3 February 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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Assessments and Events
• The UN estimates that at least 700 000 Gazans have poured into Egypt to stock up on desperately needed supplies, or nearly half the territory's population of 1.5 million. Access to Egypt and its shops may have provided some psychological respite from the closure of the Gaza Strip but the population still relies on Israel for all their supplies.
• Gaza is still facing a deficit of 60 megawatts per day. The supply of electricity from Israel (currently 120 megawatts) will be further reduced as of 7 February, adding to the electricity deficit.
• 45 000 litres of diesel were distributed to those MoH hospitals whose fuel stock reached a critical level: Shifa, Gaza Paediatrics’ and Dorah hospitals in Gaza and Nasser and Gaza European hospital in Khan Younis. Primary health care facilities and MoH vehicles have not received fuel yet.

Actions
• WHO is closely monitoring the functioning of health facilities in Gaza.
• WHO working on arranging the passage of 24 pallets of drugs as well as medical and cold chain supplies to Gaza.
• In 2007, WHO’s emergency activities were supported by ECHO, Italy, Norway, OCHA/Spain, and the CERF.

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