Humanitarian Health Action

Health in occupied Palestinian territory

Violence has escalated since 1 October and 42 Palestinians has been killed (28 in West Bank and 14 in Gaza strip), more than 1500 has been injured. Of all the killed and injured, 10 killed were children and 250 of the injured. Ambulance crews has faced difficulties to evacuate the wounded, especially in occupied East Jerusalem. WHO, health cluster partners and UN agencies are working to support the Ministry of Health to meet the health needs of the current crisis.

WHO hosts donor roundtable to discuss health barriers in Gaza

WHO/occupied Palestinian territory

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

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

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