Humanitarian Health Action

Occupied Palestinian territories - Press releases


  • 10 July 2014

    Jerusalem – The recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip raises concern about the ability of the Government and the Ministry of Health of the occupied Palestinian territory to cope with the increased burden of medical emergencies on the health system, given the high levels of shortages of medicines, medical disposables and hospital fuel supplies, and rising health care debt.


  • 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.


Health services close to collapse in Gaza

The health services in Gaza, already depleted and fragile, are on the point of collapse if steps to support and protect them are not taken immediately. WHO has called for immediate improvement in the situation to make humanitarian health services accessible by the local people.

Norway provides medical supplies to WHO response to Gaza crisis

4 JANUARY, 2009 ¦ GENEVA/OSLO – The Government of Norway has donated to the World Health Organization medicines and financial support worth approximately US$675 000 to help provide medical care for thousands of Palestinians affected by the Gaza Strip crisis.


WHO warns of rise in deaths, human suffering in Gaza

Geneva/ Cairo/ Jerusalem -- WHO calls for an immediate end to hostilities in the Gaza strip and urges Israel to ensure immediate provision of fuel and critical life-saving/trauma care supplies.

WHO statement on the situation in Gaza


WHO statement on the situation in the Gaza Strip


United Nations Humanitarian Agencies statement

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.