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25 February 2020

Health advice and resources: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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25 February 2020

Updates on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) occupied Palestinian territory

This page provides an overview of resources and information which highlight how WHO is supporting local health authorities to respond to COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The oPt COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily with information on the COVID-19 outbreak in the oPt, including confirmed and recovered cases, deaths and geographical locations of cases. Click on the image to access.  Updates...

30 January 2020

Another important step towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all Palestinians

20 January 2020, Ramallah – Strong political leadership and engagement at a recent health reform workshop in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), has demonstrated further commitment towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), to enable all Palestinians to access quality health services without financial distress. Despite Palestine’s long tradition of health insurance, people’s out of pocket expenses for healthcare remain high.  “No one should get sick...

22 December 2019

WHO doctor awarded for helping the mothers and babies of Gaza

22 December 2019, Gaza – “Families and in particular, mothers and infants, are the essence of any society and they should never be neglected. I am immensely honoured and grateful for this recognition, which is a true reflection of the global and regional efforts to improve mother and newborn health in all settings. This reward is a huge boost to...

08 October 2019

WHO launches report on the Right to Health 2018, October 2019

October 2019, Ramallah – WHO today released its report, “Right to Health in the occupied Palestinian territory: 2018”. The report examines obstacles to achieving the highest attainable standard of health for Palestinians living under occupation, including barriers to adequate health care provision, access to health care, determinants of health beyond health care and health attacks. The launch event was held in...

09 September 2019

WHO supports primary health care targeting vulnerable communities in the West Bank

06 September 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) supports health partners to deliver primary healthcare services to over 12,000 people in the West Bank through mobile clinics. With funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, two mobile clinics, run by CARE international and Health Work Committee, are providing basic life-saving services and laboratory tests, women’s healthcare, mental health...

04 September 2019

Strengthening universal health coverage in the occupied Palestinian territory

4 September 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO), at the request of the Prime Minister, conducted a high-level expert mission to the occupied Palestinian territory to support the Ministry of Health and partners in accelerating efforts towards universal health coverage (UHC). WHO experts reviewed the current status of UHC to advise on strategic options to strengthen health system capacities...

12 July 2019

WHO, Ministry of Health and OHCHR strengthen protection of healthcare in the occupied Palestinian territory

12 July 2019, oPt - The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and other health and human rights partners to strengthen the protection of healthcare in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). With financial support from the European Union and the Swiss Agency for...

23 May 2019

Overcoming barriers to health care access in the West Bank with mobile clinics

27 May 2019 - A small room in an improvised school in Zakariah village, the West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory, used to serve as a patient consultation space for a mobile clinic providing primary healthcare services in the area. Last year, the clinic stopped operating due to a lack of funding, leaving a community of 650 without access to essential...

20 May 2019

Health attacks continue during Gaza’s Great March of Return

20 May 2019 – Mohamed, a 24-year-old first responder, was injured during demonstrations in Khan Younis, Gaza, on Friday 10 March. He had seen a child of approximately 12 years injured from gas inhalation near the Gaza fence, and had gone forward to treat him and bring him to the nearby medical point of the Ministry of Health: “I went forward...

15 May 2019

UN Special Coordinator visited WHO solar electrification project in Gaza

15 May 2019, Gaza - UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov visited a solar electrification project at Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis, Gaza. The project is implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) with financial support from the Government of Japan. It aims to contribute to the continuous functioning and resilience of the hospital by equipping...

11 April 2019

Attacks on health care during the Great March of Return in Gaza

11 April, 2019 - The World Health Organization has recorded an unprecedented 446 attacks on health care in Gaza since the start of the Great March of Return on 30th March 2018. These attacks have resulted in 3 deaths and 731 injuries among health workers. 104 ambulances and 6 other forms of health transport have been damaged, in addition to...

05 April 2019

Mobile clinic brings mammography services to remote communities in the West Bank

5 April 2019  - Murjan’s days usually start at 5 am. She is a senior nurse with the mobile clinic that offers free mammography screening to women in the remote areas of the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). A minibus leaves from Augusta Victoria Hospital - one of the main Palestinian cancer treatment centres - in East...

27 March 2019

WHO strongly condemns killing of health worker in the West Bank, March 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemns the killing of Sajed Mazher, a first responder working with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society in the West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory. On 27 March 2019, Sajed Mezher, an 17-year* old health worker, was shot while providing care to people injured during clashes in Dheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem. Sajed was injured in his abdomen and succumbed to his injuries after he was taken to hospital.  “We...

01 March 2019

Palestinian health workers trained in providing mental health services on primary health care level

February, oPt - The World Health Organization supports the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) in integrating mental health services into primary health care to ensure that people in the West Bank and Gaza get better access to the mental healthcare they need. In February 2019, 29 health staff working in the MoH primary healthcare clinics in Ramallah received WHO training on...

04 February 2019

Gaza patients’ painful journey to cancer treatment

                                    4 February 2019 – After being diagnosed with cancer, patients in Gaza may often have to wait for months before being able to receive treatment. Getting a permit to access the health care needed outside can be a stressful and unpredictable process, and...

31 January 2019

Injured journalist prevented from accessing health care

The tear gas canister hit Attia Darwish, a 31-year-old photojournalist, in the face under his left eye when he was covering demonstrations near the Gaza fence for a local newspaper. “I was taking photos when my phone rang, and I tried to take the call. Suddenly, I felt a blow to my face and fell down,” Attia said. The ambulance picked him...

27 December 2018

Scaling up mental health emergency response in East Jerusalem

In December 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Palestinian Counseling Center (PCC) provided training to 70 medical staff from three general hospitals in East Jerusalem on mental health emergency response. The training was based on the WHO Psychological first aid guide for field workers that reflects the emerging science and international consensus on how to support...

14 December 2018

WHO delivers surgical supplies to meet the needs in the occupied Palestinian territory

14 December 2018  - The World Health Organization (WHO) delivered 10 trauma and five surgical kits to the Palestinian Ministry of Health sufficient to provide up to 2000 surgical interventions. The donation was possible thanks to financial support from the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Health dispatched the trauma kits to the Gaza Strip where the massive number of injured patients...

12 December 2018

Promoting mental health and well-being among students in the West Bank

12 December 2018 – the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education is conducting workshops in 34 schools across the West Bank in December to support students in raising awareness about mental health among their peers. Around 100 representatives of student parliaments participated in the workshops, discussing issues they face...

21 November 2018

Gaza: Waiting for treatment

21 November 2018 – Rami, 40, sits in the hospital bed stretching his right leg with a piece of white fabric to avoid stiffness in the joints. He cannot walk. He has a severely comminuted right femur fracture caused by the gunshot injury he received in October, during the mass demonstrations in the Gaza Strip. Rami’s leg is temporarily stabilized...

08 November 2018

WHO Special sitiuation report, Gaza, occupied Palestinian territory, 7–20 October 2018

9 Palestinians were killed and 1306 were injuredby Israeli forces during the reporting period from the 7 to the 20 October, according to the Ministry of Health. Eight Palestinians, including one child, were killed during the demonstrations, while the ninth was killed due to an Israeli attack, which took place on 7 October.  Out of the total 1306 injured, 62% (815 people) transferred to Ministry of Health...

12 September 2018

WHO strengthens trauma care services in Gaza with support from the European Union, September 2018

13 September 2018 – With support from the European Union, the World Health Organization (WHO) is replenishing stocks of urgently-needed trauma medicines in Gaza, and providing hands-on training for health staff working in frontline trauma stabilization points (TSPs). Life-saving medicines and medical supplies to treat more than 100 000 people have been delivered to hospitals and TSPs, filling critical gaps as supplies...

09 September 2018

WHO delivers anti-epileptic drugs to Gaza with the support of EU, September 2018

7 Sep 2018, Gaza – The World Health Organization delivered anti-epileptic drugs to the Central Drugs Store of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza on Wednesday 6 September. The procurement of anti-epileptic drugs and other essential psychotropic medicines (medicines used in the treatment of mental health) for the occupied Palestinian territory is a main component of the EU-funded WHO project Building...

03 September 2018

Palestinian casualties of Gaza demonstrations

The latest figures provided by the Ministry of Health indicate that 2 Palestinians were killed and 733 were injured by Israeli forces, during the demonstrations, from 14 to 27 August. Out of the total 733 injuries, 325 required transfer to Ministry of Health hospitals or nongovernmental organizations clinics, including 71 children and 22 females. From the hospitalized injuries, 6 people had critically life...

19 July 2018

WHO responds to growing health needs in Gaza

Gaza, 19 July 2018 – In response to increasing violence in Gaza, WHO is scaling up its response by providing life-saving medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and frontline trauma stabilization points. Since the start of demonstrations on 30 March, 148 Palestinians have died and 16 496 have been injured. To date, 500 000 emergency and trauma patients have been treated...

11 July 2018

WHO delivers medical supplies: A lifeline to Gaza’s collapsing health system, July 2018

10 July, 2018, Gaza Strip –The World Health Organization is delivering 458 laboratory kits containing rapid diagnostic tests and laboratory reagents to cover the urgent needs of laboratories and blood banks in Gaza. With resources from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), WHO has delivered 458 laboratory kits, which will support 13 major hospital based laboratories across the Gaza and the...

28 June 2018

WHO delivers medicines for the treatment of mental illness to the occupied Palestinian territory, June 2018

28 June 2018, West Bank – The World Health Organization delivered essential psychotropic medicines to the Central Drugs Store of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Nablus, West Bank, on Sunday 24 June. Psychotropic medicines are used to treat the symptoms of mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. They are shown to reduce disability resulting from mental...

03 June 2018

Health Cluster sets up preparedness measures for Khan al-Ahmer, May 2018

May 2018 - Members of the oPt Health Cluster met to review the preparedness and response plan in advance of the potential mass demolition and forcible transfer of the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al Ahmar – Abu al Helu, located on the outskirts of East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. The Health Cluster discussed their joint operational response, as...

03 June 2018

UN agencies deeply concerned over killing of health volunteer in Gaza, June 2018

Humanitarian Coordinator, WHO, OHCHR and OCHA call for the protection of medical worker Jerusalem, 2 June 2018 - United Nations officials and agencies have expressed their outrage in the face of yesterday’s killing of Razan An Najjar, a 21-year-old female volunteering as a first responder, while carrying out her humanitarian duties with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS). Razan was hit by...

24 May 2018

WHO truckload arrives at MoH Central Drugs Store in Gaza, May 2018

24 May 2018 - Gaza, Over 930,000 medical consumables reached Gaza’s Central Drugs Store yesterday, May 22nd. Procured from local suppliers and supplied to the MoH, elements include essential disposables such as latex gloves, sterile surgical blades, bandages, surgical face masks and chest tubes. The Central Drugs Store in Gaza supplies all 14 MoH hospitals (2,234 beds) and 49 MoH primary healthcare clinics...

18 May 2018

Gaza: frontline health care innovation saves lives and reduces hospital load

18 May 2018 – During demonstrations in Gaza on 14 and 15 May, 62 Palestinians were killed, including one health worker, and 2768 injured, including 8 children. However, the toll could have been even higher without a recent emergency health care innovation. Called ‘trauma stabilization points’, or ‘TSPs’, these large tent-like structures are located within minutes of the frontline and serve as...

13 May 2018

Health Cluster Workshop on Emergency Health Information Tools, May 2018

10 May 2018 - oPt, Humanitarian actors and members of oPt Health Cluster attended a workshop led by the Health Cluster, in the West Bank and Gaza. Over 40 partners were trained on information tools developed by WHO as the lead cluster agency, in order to drive the emergency operational response on the ground. Focusing on the current emergency situation in...

08 May 2018

Health Cluster partners meeting on emergency health coordination and preparedness, May 2018

On the 7 May 2018, Ramallah, the Health Cluster partners met to plan the upscale of emergency preparedness and response activities across the oPt. The meeting was led by WHO as the lead agency and the MoH co-chair of the cluster, with the special attendance of the Minister of Health for Palestine, Dr Jawad Awad.  With the recent escalation in the...

30 April 2018

WHO visits communities in Area C to demonstrate support, April 2018

On 25th April, WHO visited Jabal al Baba and Khan al Ahmar with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) and Medico International to demonstrate its support for communities in Area C facing potential demolition of homes and humanitarian structures, including health clinics. All buildings in Jabal al Baba have been threatened with demolition since November 2017.  The building housing the mobile clinic...

11 April 2018

WHO Special Situation Report occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza, 6th - 8th April 2018

Highlights:  Following the second mass demonstration by Palestinians on the Gaza side of the perimeter fence with Israel which took place on the 6th April 2018, 11 Palestinians were killed and 1,356 were injured by Israeli forces, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH). Out of the 1,356 injuries, 754 required immediate transfer to the MoH hospitals or to NGO hospitals (including...

01 April 2018

WHO Special Situation Report  occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza, 30th March 2018

Highlights:  On the 30th March, 15 Palestinians were killed and 1,416 were injured by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).  Out of the 1,416 casualties, 1010 were severe injuries and required immediate transfer to the hospitals. 973 were male, 37 were female, and 179 were children below the age of 18. The casualties occurred during the mass...

20 March 2018

WHO Director-General calls for urgent action to improve health conditions in Gaza, March 2018

19 March 2018, Gaza – World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today called for urgent action to improve health conditions in Gaza after concluding his first visit to the occupied Palestinian territory. During his visit to Gaza, Dr Tedros witnessed the challenges that many people face in accessing quality health services. Chronic electricity shortages in Gaza are hindering...

25 February 2018

22 February, 2018, Gaza Strip –WHO and health partners urgently require US$ 11.2 million to fill priority health needs for 1.27 million people in Gaza for three months. Of this amount, WHO requires US$2.4 million. If funding is not urgently secured, 1,715 patients will immediately face a life threatening situation, including: 113 newborns 100 patients in intensive care units 702 patients...

15 February 2018

WHO delivers life-saving medicines and supplies to Gaza, February 2018

15 February, 2018, Gaza Strip –The World Health Organization is delivering more than 5 tonnes of essential life-saving medical equipment and over 20 essential medicines and surgical supplies to Gaza’s hospitals today to meet the needs of over 300,000 patients. With resources from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Humanitarian Pooled Fund, the delivery contains life-saving medical equipment that...

09 February 2018

8 February, 2018, Gaza Strip – Gaza’s health sector was on the verge of collapse due to dwindling fuel supplies until the United Arab Emirates stepped in this week with a US$2 million grant to sustain hospital backup generators for critical health services. The donation will provide enough fuel to keep facilities running for several months.  “The UAE’s timely support will...

04 February 2018

Challenging barriers to survival in the occupied Palestinian territory: World Cancer Day 2018

Ansam's Story  Ansam is 19, married, with a one-year-old boy. At the age of 17, after the birth of her son, Ansam sought medical advice at the Indonesian Hospital about a lump on her left arm she had noticed during her pregnancy that had started to cause her pain. She underwent surgery in Gaza to remove the lump and was told...