Occupied Palestinian territories - WHO statements, feature stories and news releases
Power outages, restrictions on movement and imports bringing Gaza health sector ‘to its knees’, warns WHO
17 July 2017 – Electricity cuts and continued shortages of medicines and medical supplies in the Gaza Strip are severely restricting the access of 2 million people to critical medical care, WHO has warned. At least 30 hospitals, 70 primary health care centres and a blood blank are at risk of full or partial closure due to continued power outages and not enough fuel or spare parts for back-up generators.
28 April 2015
WHO invites international agencies for Gaza field visit to see health challenges
The World Health Organization hosted a Gaza Health Day event for United Nations and international organizations and donor governments with a field visit to damaged health facilities in the Khan Younis district, south Gaza Strip, to witness firsthand the challenges of providing continuity of health care in Gaza.
1 November 2014
Accessing cancer treatment in post-conflict Gaza
Nisreen and her 13-year-old twin sons evacuated their house in Abasan, Gaza, during the recent 50-day conflict with Israel – and returned to rubble. “We found our house had been bombed and bulldozed. We couldn’t even see where it used to be. My sons were so shocked, so sad,” says Nisreen. “We lost everything.”
14 October 2014
WHO appeals for US$ 8.7 million to rejuvenate, improve Gaza’s health system
The July–August hostilities that reduced much of the Gaza strip to rubble have faded from the headlines – but recovery work is just beginning, and the World Health Organization (WHO) says the territory’s shattered health system needs extensive reconstruction and resources.
12 October 2014
Urgent work needed to prevent further loss of life in Gaza
Urgent work is needed to rehabilitate the damaged health system in Gaza to prevent further loss of life after the recent conflict, according to a WHO-led joint assessment of health needs and services in Gaza, released today.
4 October 2014
WHO Regional Director visits occupied Palestinian territory to discuss strategic health priorities
Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, visited occupied Palestinian territory from 30 September to 1 October as a follow-up visit to his mission to Gaza and West Bank from 10 to 11 August at the height of the recent Gaza crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.