A three-day polio immunization campaign was launched on 8 August in Rafah district. It will include the El Mawasi area in the Gaza Strip. Implemented by the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) and UNRWA, and supported by UNICEF financial and technical assistance, the campaign is targeting more than 24,000 children aged 0-5 years.
On 17 August, WHO held its monthly Health Emergency Coordination meeting in Gaza. The meeting discussed the current surveillance system by MOH and UNRWA and followed-up on the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP 2005).
On 18 August, the WHO office in Jerusalem participated in the UN operations coordination group (OCG) meeting to discuss the planning of the 2005 Consolidated Appeals Process. WHO provided health indicators needed for the CAP and scheduled meetings of the health stakeholders. The launch of the CAP is scheduled for 16 November.
WHO is providing inputs to the UN Report to the 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women.
Current WHO humanitarian actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been made possible by 2004 funding from USAID, AGFUND, and the Government of Norway, as well as pre-2004 funding from ECHO.