Occupied Palestinian territory

Launch of Right to Health 2016 report



12 July 2017, Jerusalem – WHO today released its report, Right to Health: Crossing barriers to access health in the occupied Palestinian territory 2016, examining health access barriers for Palestinians living under occupation.  The report was based on data provided by Palestinian Authority ministries and non-profit health providers, as well as patient interviews and field studies. 

Dr Gerald Rockenschaub, Head of WHO West Bank and Gaza, stated: “The right to health is a fundamental right of every human being and the ongoing and enduring occupation is having a detrimental effect on the right to health for Palestinians. Occupation impacts on the underlying determinants of health, such as access to safe drinking-water, adequate sanitation and healthy working and living conditions.  It also severely affects the availability, accessibility and quality of health services.”

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