WHO hosts donor roundtable to discuss health barriers in Gaza
June 2015 Jerusalem – The WHO office in Jerusalem hosted a meeting of 25 representatives from donor and UN agencies to discuss strategies for addressing problems facing health care services in Gaza. The meeting, co-chaired with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), aimed at sharing ideas among interested partners about health advocacy for Gaza, particularly regarding the free movement of people and materials.
Expanding mental-health service 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
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.
Report of a field assessment of health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory
Read the Joint health sector assessment
- occupied Palestinian territory strategic response plan 2015 (UNRWA)
- occupied Palestinian territory emergency appeal 2015 (UNRWA)
WHO report: Barriers to health for Palestinians under occupation
WHO funding request US$ 8.7 million for the Health response
More information on the occupied Palestinian territory
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