Humanitarian Health Action

occupied Palestinian territory health situation reports archive


  • 10 December 2014

    WHO report: Barriers to health for Palestinians under occupation

  • 5 September 2014

    WHO, health cluster partners and UN agencies have started field work for damage and needs assessments and recovery plans. Health sector regains partial functionality for most of health facilities (although 58% damaged). UN Flash Appeal prepared for Gaza’s major recovery needs. Donor’s reconstruction and recovery conference scheduled for October.

  • 28 August 2014

    Long term ceasefire begins 26 August 2014. Up today according to the Ministry of Health 2130 Palestinians has been killed and 11 066 injured. WHO, health cluster partners and UN agencies has begun field work for needs assessments and recovery plans. More than half of all major hospitals and clinics are damaged and 27% of the hospitals closed due to damage or insecurity.

  • 21 August 2014

    The public health concerns in the Gaza crises situation are: 1) Water-borne diseases as a result of overcrowded shelters for displaced persons, reduced functioning of water and sanitation systems due to damage and loss of electricity. 2)Complications in casualty patients developing following initial treatment of injuries and discharge from hospitals. 3) With 238 000 displaced persons taking shelter in 81 UNRWA schools, half of whom having no homes to return to, there is risk of decline in population physical and mental health status from prolongation of emergency period without improvements in social determinants of health.

  • 6 August 2014

    Hospitals are treating a constant influx of casualties in already overcrowded facilities and with vastly reduced supply of electricity. More than 17 000 patients utilized UNRWA’s 13 open clinics on August 2 and 3, higher than the pre-war average of 14 000 patients a day. Currently more than 30% of clinic patients are displaced persons staying in shelters. The public health needs are: fuel, electricity and medical supplies; follow up care for the injured; health needs of the displaced people; mental health interventions for patients, their family members and support to children; elective surgeries for patients whose surgeries were postponed.

  • 1 August 2014

    The public health situation continued to deteriorate and is nearing collapse. Multiple health facilities are closed and remaining health services are severely overstretched. Over 400 000 internally displaced people are now living in overcrowded conditions, with inadequate water and sanitation and there is a risk for communicable disease outbreaks. Days of intense violence rise casualties and additional displacement, many families have had to repeatedly find new refuge. The security situation and unavailable transportation makes access to hospitals for staff and patients very difficult. Lack of drugs, medical supplies and fuel are a concern. Most of the hospitals are solely running with back-up generators as their main power source.

  • 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.