OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
Assessments and events:
• On 28 March, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA issued a press release to express their concern about the deterioration in access to medical services in the oPt as a result of the strike. The withdrawal of vital medical services may further exacerbate the already difficult humanitarian situation in the region.
• The agencies called on all parties concerned to reach an agreement guaranteeing essential medical care in keeping with international standards.
• On 27 March, six were killed and 18 injured in Um Al Nasser, northern Gaza, when a basin of sewage burst its banks and flooded a neighbouring village; 2168 people were evacuated in tents provided by UNRWA.
• WHO finalized the implementation of a US$ 1.5 million CERF-funded project to replenish the emergency drug stores in North Gaza district.
• A MoH/WHO field visit was conducted to Um Al Nasser to supervise the emergency surveillance system – surveillance forms and case definitions had been distributed earlier. The team visited all health facilities in the area, including the medical points and referral hospitals in Beit Lahia.
• The MoH is collecting water samples in the affected area and conducting health education sessions, providing psychosocial support to affected people.
• WHO continues organizing health coordination meetings, as in Qalqilya, to share information and strengthen coordination among the health stakeholders.
• 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.