Humanitarian Health Action

Gaza conflict

Regional Director Ala Alwan in Gaza urges support for the health system
Regional Director Ala Alwan in Gaza urges support for the health system

13 August 2014 -- The number of people killed and injured has decreased dramatically between 5 – 12 August, there has been 86 casualties and 444 injured. During the ceasefire some of the primary health clinics that had been closed, because of the security, reopened and improved access to health care

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.

Technical guidelines for drug donations

These Guidelines for drug donations have been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the major international agencies active in humanitarian relief. The Guidelines aim to improve the quality of drug donations, not to hinder them. They are not an international regulation, but are intended to serve as a basis for national or institutional guidelines, to be reviewed, adapted and implemented by governments and organizations dealing with drug donations.