Power outages, restrictions on movement and imports bringing Gaza health sector ‘to its knees’, warns WHO
WHO appeals for US$ 4.5 million for Gaza health response, mobilizes US$ 360 000 in emergency funds
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.
WHO hosts donor roundtable to discuss health barriers in Gaza
June 2015 Jerusalem – The WHO office in Jerusalem hosted a meeting of 25 representatives from donor and UN agencies to discuss strategies for addressing problems facing health care services in Gaza. The meeting, co-chaired with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), aimed at sharing ideas among interested partners about health advocacy for Gaza, particularly regarding the free movement of people and materials.
Expanding mental-health service in Gaza
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.