Humanitarian Health Action

Referral of Patients from the Gaza Strip

Rafah border, October 2013

The number of applications for health access through Erez checkpoint was slightly less in February than the previous month. 13 patients (11 males, 2 females) were requested to attend interviews with Israeli security after applying for a permit to cross Erez.

World Health Organization concerned over the emergency situation in the Gaza Strip

December 2012 – Following eight days of violence in Gaza, a cease-fire was declared 21 November, between Israeli and the Hamas authorities in Gaza. WHO is working with health partners to ensure that essential medicines and medical consumables are delivered to health facilities where they are most needed. WHO has appealed to the international community for support in providing essential medical supplies by coordinating donations according to specific needs.

Medicines save lives and relieve suffering

December 2012 - The health emergency in the Gaza Strip has been compounded by the pre-existing shortages of essential medicines and disposables, making supplies an essential component of international relief efforts to assist the Gaza Strip. However, well-intended donations can waste valuable resources and result in more harm than good if not of the correct kind, quality or quantity. More than 75% of the donations sent in 2009 were unsuitable and hampered relief efforts.

Technical guidelines for drug donations

These Guidelines for drug donations have been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the major international agencies active in humanitarian relief. The Guidelines aim to improve the quality of drug donations, not to hinder them. They are not an international regulation, but are intended to serve as a basis for national or institutional guidelines, to be reviewed, adapted and implemented by governments and organizations dealing with drug donations.