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World Health Organization (WHO)
5 November 2006
Health action in crises (WHO/HAC)
Highlights No 132 - 30 October to 5 November 2006
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:
Living conditions in Gaza have plummeted with unprecedented levels of unemployment. Surveys show that 87% of residents live below the poverty line, and 80% depend on UNRWA food aid.
The European Union is expected to double its support to the oPt.
WHO has finalized the 2007 Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) in consultation with OCHA.
WHO has proposed to ECHO a project aiming to provide drugs and medical supplies and to build capacity of the health sector in 2007.
WHO is preparing a roundtable on the issue of infectious disease. Health professionals and partners from Israel and the oPt will gather to discuss and propose common activities in the field of communicable diseases.
WHO's 2006 emergency activities are funded by the Organization's Regular Budget and contributions from ECHO, Japan, Finland and Norway.