OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
Assessments and events:
• Work continues to address the effects of the collapse of the Beit Lahia sewage treatment plant. A coordination meeting was organized with the MoH and UN agencies on 1 April to discuss immunization, laboratory screening, surveillance, psychosocial intervention, water quality, health promotion and education, medical specialties, etc.
• WHO continues to monitor primary health care facilities and hospitals in the strike-affected West Bank. Immunizations stopped completely in Hebron, Jenin, Nablus in both the Central Clinic and the clinics in the surrounding villages. Most of the facilities surveyed have also stopped dispensing drugs to chronic patients, with the exception of insulin, kidney medications and psychotropic medications, that continue. Elective surgical and outpatient services remain closed. Staff attendance is low in all the districts.
• WHO continues supporting the MoH in strengthening epidemiological surveillance in the community affected by the Beit Lahia incident.
• WHO assists the MoH in producing health education brochures and distributing them among the residents of the northern area. WHO and UNICEF are also funding the production of brochures and posters on water preservation and environmental health.
• In 2006, WHO’s emergency activities were funded by the Organization’s Regular Budget and contributions from ECHO, Finland, Japan and Norway as well as the CERF. For 2007, support has been pledged from Norway.