Humanitarian Health Action

occupied Palestinian territory health situation reports archive


  • 23 July 2014

    Health facilities continue to be affected by the conflict and as result residents and health personnel face difficulties in accessing hospitals and clinics. Al Aqsa Hospital is damaged and it is the main casualty hospital in the central area of Gaza. Beit Hanoun Hospital closes one of its two buildings after further damage. Al Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital was damaged after it was evacuated. Balsam Hospital was damaged and evacuated. In line with International Humanitarian Law, WHO calls on all parties to respect and protect health facilities, personnel and patients.

  • 10 July 2014

    Hospitals have shortages of medicines in Gaza Strip

    Hospitals operated by the Ministry of Health in Gaza Strip are functioning but must cope with the large number of traumatic injuries with severely depleted medical supplies. Shortages of medicines were at high levels even before the latest crisis: 28% of essential medicines were at zero stock and another 16% were at very low stock (less than 12 weeks’ supply). Shortages of medical consumables were reported at 54% of needed items, including basic items such as anaesthesia drugs, sutures and materials for bone injuries, according to the Pharmacy director general in Gaza.

  • February 2014

    Monthly health update

  • January 2014

    Monthly health update


  • December 2012

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

    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.

  • Decmeber 2012

    Initial Health Assessment Report Gaza Strip

    The purpose of this report is to provide an account of how the health system in the Gaza Strip responded to the recent escalation of hostilities in the region, November 14-21, 2012, and a quick assessment of the status of the health system following the cessation of hostilities.

  • December 2012

  • 17 November 2014

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

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is deeply concerned about the escalating situation in the Gaza Strip and Israel and its impact on the health and lives of civilian populations in the area.

  • November 2012

    Medicines save lives and relieve suffering

    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

  • November 2012

    Emergency health situation in the Gaza Strip


  • 9 January 2009

  • 7 January 2009

    WHO statement - 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.


  • 31 December 2008

    Health situation in Gaza

  • 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.




  • 20 June 2005

    Disengagement - Healthcare during withdrawal operations in Gaza

    The Israeli pull-out from the Gaza settlements will officially begin during the period of 15-17 August 2005. The evacuation will include the removal of civilian settlers and their goods, as well as the withdrawal of Israeli military forces from 17 settlements in the Gaza Strip. The disengagement will also include the dismantling of four West Bank settlements. It is announced that the withdrawal should be completed by September 22.

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