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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
9 September 2007



Health Action in Crises: Highlights No. 173 – 3 to 9 September 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:

• Clashes in both the West Bank and Gaza have resulted in further instability.
• According to OCHA, at least 5848 people were killed by the conflict between September 2000 and the end of July 2007.

Actions:

• WHO has arranged the shipment of various pharmaceuticals to Gaza including insulin, assorted drugs and consumables, IV fluid, medical hygiene kits and other urgently needed materials.
• WHO is monitoring health services in most hospitals and primary health clinics in the West Bank and Gaza. In Nablus, WHO is monitoring the tracking and distribution of IT equipment and the availability and shortages of pharmaceutical items at Rasidia and Al Watani hospitals.
• WHO and the MoH conducted a training in rational drug use in Ramallah for 42 MoH health care professionals and support staff.
• WHO is discussing collaboration on Health and Nutrition with UNICEF.
• On 3-5 September, HAC participated in the Joint Project Review Mission for the oPt. A joint planning of activities between WHO and the MoH was framed
and agreed upon for the next biennium, in terms of capacity building and assistance. The final document be endorsed by the MoH and reflected in the
corresponding work plan.
• In 2007, WHO’s emergency activities are funded by ECHO, Norway and Italy.

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