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Health and Nutrition Cluster

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The Health and Nutrition Cluster was established in oPt in early January 2009 in response to the humanitarian crisis that ensued from the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip. Since then it has provided an essential framework for coordination and partnership between the various health actors involved in the humanitarian response in oPt.

Currently, the Health and Nutrition Cluster represents a partnership of nearly 50 organizations: local and international nongovernmental organizations and UN agencies that are committed to working together to provide needs-driven and evidence-based health and nutrition responses in oPt by increasing synergies between individual cluster partner projects and reducing duplications and redundancies. The Cluster is co-chaired by the Palestinian Ministry of Health to ensure alignment with national policies and plans. The cluster conducts common needs assessments in order to fill gaps and prevent duplications in aid delivery. It is also a forum for emergency preparedness both for armed conflict and natural disasters.

To prevent and mitigate the impact of current and potential new emergencies, in 2012–13 the Health and Nutrition Cluster employed a three-pronged approach that combines remedial, responsive and environment-building actions aligned with the following strategic priorities.

  • To provide essential health and nutrition services in the vulnerable communities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
  • To strengthen the protection of civilians, including health staff in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
  • To ensure that the health sector and vulnerable communities are better prepared to predict, prevent and respond to the current and the potential new crises.

Related links

Health and Nutrition Cluster Occupied Palestinian territory [pdf 237.13kb]

Health and Nutrition Cluster terms of reference [pdf 200.16kb]

Health and Nutrition Cluster contingency plan [pdf 349.49kb]

Health and Nutrition Cluster needs analysis framework [pdf 280kb]

Situation reports

Health situation reports in emergencies [Last update:July 2018]   

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WHO oPt office
Abu Obaida Ibn El Jarrah Street, 10
P.O. Box 54812
via Israel
Phone number: +972 (0) 540 0595
Fax +972 (0)2581 0193