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World Health Organization (WHO)
15 October 2006
Health action in crises (WHO/HAC)
Highlights No 129 09 - 15 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.
OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
Assessments and events
• The US Secretary of State and the European Union Envoy to the peace process in the Middle East pledged support for the Palestinian Authority President.
• The health system crisis continues unabated, also due to strikes in the public sector.
• In a meeting with Palestinian Health NGOs and the MoH, WHO presented the final document of the Need Assessment Framework and the progress of the preparations for the CAP 2007.
• In another meeting, WHO presented to UN, donors and NGOs its latest monitoring report on health indicators and health services.
• WHO West Bank and Gaza hosted a sub-regional coordination meeting on Avian Influenza. Representatives of the Ministries of Health and Agriculture from Palestine, Israel and Jordan participated.
• WHO Head of Office has met with the MoH to discuss the current issue of drug shortage and possible response measures.
• WHO published a document entitled “Community mental health Development in the occupied Palestinian territory: A work in progress”.
• The latest issue of Bridges, the WHO-promoted Israeli-Palestinian Public Health Magazine, is dedicated to infectious disease.
• The 2006 emergency activities are funded by the WHO's Regular Budget and contributions from the European Commission, Norway and the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) funded by the Japanese Government.