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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
22 October 2006



Health action in crises (WHO/HAC)
Highlights No 130 - 16 - 22 October 06

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 health system crisis continues unabated, also due to strikes in the public sector.
• The West Bank closure system (comprised 528 checkpoints and physical obstacles) has increased 2% since 20 September, 11% since the start of 2006, and almost 40% since August 2005.

Actions:
• WHO met the focal point of the Municipality of Hamar to discuss the project “European, Israeli and Palestinian Cities for Health and Social Partnership”.
• The Palestinian Ministry of Health and WHO have studied the prevalence of rickets in the Gaza Strip among children aged 6-36 months, to determine associated risk factors and to assess the coverage of the current program.
• WHO and the Palestinian MoH published newspaper advertisements about the definition of mental health and mental health and mental illness myths as part of the Anti-stigma campaign within the Mental Health Project.
• WHO’s 2006 emergency activities are funded by the Organization’s Regular Budget, contributions from the European Commission, Finland and Norway as well as the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) funded by the Japanese Government.

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