Humanitarian Health Action

Occupied Palestinian territories - WHO statements, feature stories and news releases

2014

  • 12 September 2014

    Shell-shocked Gazans seek to expand mental health services in wake of conflict

    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.

  • 6 September 2014

    WHO thanks donors for aiding the Palestinian health system in Gaza and urges continued support for recovery interventions

    Jerusalem – On 10 July 2014, just days after the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the World Health Organization raised concern about the ability of the Ministry of Health of the occupied Palestinian territory to cope with the new emergency and its increased burden on the health system, given the high levels of shortages of medicines, medical disposables and hospital fuel supplies, and rising health care debt.

  • 18 August 2014

    Urgently needed health supplies arrive in Gaza

    The World Health Organization has been providing medicines and medical supplies to the Palestinian Ministry of Health to fill critical shortages in hospitals in the Gaza Strip providing health services for a total of 1.8 million people.

  • 12 August 2014

    WHO Regional Director visits Gaza and urges support for the health system

    WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan made a visit to the Gaza Strip and Ramallah yesterday to witness firsthand the humanitarian conditions in Gaza and review the damage to the health infrastructure and facilities and to discuss priorities. Dr Alwan started his mission in Jerusalem where he met with the Palestinian Minister of Health Dr Jawad Awwad and his senior staff.

  • 2 August 2014

    UN warns of 'rapidly unfolding' health disaster in Gaza

    Weeks of intense fighting has left medical services and facilities in the Gaza Strip “on the verge of collapse,” according to senior United Nations officials in the region who today warned that a health disaster of widespread proportions is rapidly unfolding as the conflict grinds on.

  • 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.

2012

  • 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.

2009

  • 7 January 2009

    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.

  • 4 January 2009

    Norway provides medical supplies to WHO response to Gaza crisis

    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.

2008

  • 29 December 2008

    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.

  • 3 March 2008

    The World Health Organization is increasingly concerned about high levels of violence in the Gaza strip

    Since 27 February, as a result of IDF actions in the Gaza strip, 118 Palestinian have been killed and 315 injured according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The World Health Organization is increasingly concerned about high levels of violence in the Gaza strip, and its impact on the health of Gaza people.

2007

  • 25 September 2007

    WHO expresses deep concern about the recent deteriorating health situation in the Gaza

    The World Health Organization (WHO) expresses deep concern about the recent deteriorating situation for the health of people in the Gaza Strip. On 19 September, the Israeli Government declared the Gaza Strip a “hostile entity” which may result in the interruptions to water, fuel and electricity supplies to the territory, thus further aggravating an already difficult situation for the health of the population in Gaza. Over many years the people of Gaza have endured many problems that have affected their health and well being:

2006

  • 3 August 2006

    The United Nations humanitarian agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory are deeply alarmed by the impact continuing violence

    We are concerned that with international attention focusing on Lebanon, the tragedy in Gaza is being forgotten. We estimate that since 28 June, 175 Palestinians have been killed, including approximately 40 children and eight women, and over 620 injured in the Gaza Strip. One IDF soldier has been killed and 25 Israelis have been injured, including 11 Israelis injured by homemade rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

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