Humanitarian Health Action

Report of a field assessment of health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory


April 2015 -- The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly requested WHO to report on the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, to the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly, based on a field assessment. This assessment includes: barriers to access to health care (general population and in particular the Palestinian prisoners); the impact of the (situation/occupation) on mental health, particularly on child detainees; the health impact of impeded access to water and sanitation, as well as food insecurity, and the provision of financial and technical assistance and support by the international donor community.

Expanding mental-health service in Gaza

Mervat and her family in Gaza. Members of her family have suffered psychosocial scars from the recent conflict in Gaza.
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Mervat and her family in Gaza. Members of her family have suffered psychosocial scars from the recent conflict 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.

occupied Palestinian territory health situation - Gaza conflict

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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.


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