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Protecting people from the impact of health emergencies

Protecting people from the impact of health emergencies

Protecting people from the impact of health emergencies

October 2018 - With more than two-thirds of all countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region directly or indirectly affected by political conflict, natural disasters and other public health threats, emergencies is high on this year’s agenda for the 65th session of the Regional Committee.

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Gaza: stories of loss and survival

13-year-old Mohammed Abu-Hussain’s father was killed by an Israeli rocket fire during the 2006 war in Gaza

Gaza: stories of loss and survival

9 August 2018, Gaza — Since the start of the demonstrations in Gaza on 30 March, 162 Palestinians have been killed and 17,259 injured as of 30 July, mainly as a result of live ammunition gunshot wounds and gas inhalation.

While many of those injured were treated and discharged at WHO-supported trauma stabilization posts near the frontlines, more than 9,000 patients required hospitalization, including 1,487 children. Critical injuries have left hundreds of men, women and children with amputated limbs, permanently paralyzed, or in need of limb reconstruction, requiring up to seven surgeries and years of rehabilitation. Many of them will be unable to receive the treatment they need due to limited access to health care outside Gaza.

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