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WHO report: Barriers to health for Palestinians under occupation

10 December 2014, Jerusalem -- On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the WHO West Bank and Gaza released a special report today highlighting reduced access in 2013 to referral health services for Palestinian patients and health providers, especially to the specialist Palestinian referral centres located in annexed East Jerusalem. The study used data from 2013 from Palestinian Authority ministries, non-profit health providers and from interviews with patients to examine how the Israeli permit system and physical barriers affect patient health and well-being, as well as access for ambulances and hospital workers from the West Bank to the East Jerusalem hospitals.

Expanding mental-health service in Gaza

Mervat and her family in Gaza. Members of her family have suffered psychosocial scars from the recent conflict in Gaza.
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Mervat and her family in Gaza. Members of her family have suffered psychosocial scars from the recent conflict in Gaza.

12 September 2014 -- Following the recent conflict in Gaza, WHO estimates that an expected 360 000 people – 20% of Gaza’s population – are suffering a range of mental health challenges. Studies have shown that armed conflict causes significant levels of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychologist Hasan Zeyada lost close family himself during the recent hostilities and continues to support people who need help.

occupied Palestinian territory health situation - Gaza conflict

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1 August 2014-- The public health situation continued to deteriorate and is nearing collapse. Multiple health facilities are closed and remaining health services are severely overstretched. Over 400 000 internally displaced people are now living in overcrowded conditions, with inadequate water and sanitation and there is a risk for communicable disease outbreaks. Days of intense violence rise casualties and additional displacement, many families have had to repeatedly find new refuge. The security situation and unavailable transportation makes access to hospitals for staff and patients very difficult. Lack of drugs, medical supplies and fuel are a concern. Most of the hospitals are solely running with back-up generators as their main power source.

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