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Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
9 August 2004



Health Action in Crises (WHO/HAC) Highlights - No 21
Monday, 09 August 2004


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WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP

Events:

The city of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip continues to be under severe movement restrictions and military surveillance. An inter-agency mission - comprised of WHO, OCHA, and WFP - was conducted to assess the general and health conditions of the affected population.

Actions:

WHO is monitoring health indicators related to infectious diseases in Beit Hanun through with health facilities and the focal persons for health information at the district and central level.

WHO is monitoring the health situation on the Rafah border crossing, closed since 11 July 2004, and has been providing updates on health issues to UN agencies for coordination purposes.

Health Inforum coordinated a meeting in Ramallah which was chaired by the acting Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Anan Masri. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the need for strengthening the coordination between all health providers and between the Ministry of Health and the donor community.

Three pilot Community Mental Health Centers were opened by WHO and MoH in July, one in Ramallah, the second in Hebron and the third in Gaza. These centers were constructed, equipped and furnished through the WHO Mental Health project, which aims to strengthen the community mental health approach in West Bank and Gaza.

Current WHO humanitarian actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been made possible by 2004 funding from USAID and AGFUND, as well as pre-2004 funding from ECHO and the Government of Norway.

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