Humanitarian Health Action

Accessing cancer treatment in post-conflict Gaza

Nisreen, her two sons and her mother live together in this one bedroom building, patched together with corrugated iron.
WHO Gaza/Bruere/2014
Nisreen, her two sons and her mother live together in this one bedroom building, patched together with corrugated iron.

1 November 2014 -- 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.”

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.
WHO Gaza
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

WHO/M Daher

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.

News

Events

WHO condemns rising violence against health care workers, patients

NEW YORK/GENEVA ¦ 25 September 2014 – “Health care and violence: the need for effective protection” a high-level debate on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.