WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP
The Palestinian Ministry of Health released its report on health status in Palestine during 2003.
The urgent need for vector control in Rafah was highlighted at an emergency health group meeting coordinated by the Ministry of Health and WHO. OCHA - in conjunction with the municipality of Rafah - will oversee all activities related to this issue.
From 3-11 August, four Community Mental Health trainers from the UK provided in-service training to staff from Bethlehem Psychiatric Hospital, Ramallah Community Mental Health Centre, and Hebron Community Mental Health Centre. This initiative is part of the long-term Community Mental Health training plan currently being implemented by WHO in conjunction with the MoH.
Health Inform - an initiative of WHO, the Italian Cooperation and USAID - issued its monthly newsletter (No. 51, 1 August 2004). The issue features reports on the situation in Beit Hanoun and the measles vaccination campaign, and highlights from the MOH report on health status in Palestine during 2003, among other items. More information: http://www.healthinforum.org.
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.