Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In January, Following the Outbreak of Hostilities on 27 December, WHO Warned That Gaza's Fragile Health Services Could Collapse If Steps Were Not Taken to Support Them

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

In January, Following the Outbreak of Hostilities on 27 December, WHO Warned That Gaza's Fragile Health Services Could Collapse If Steps Were Not Taken to Support Them

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In January, following the outbreak of hostilities on 27 December, WHO warned that Gaza's fragile health services could collapse if steps were not taken to support them. As of 14 January, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 1011 people, including 13 health workers, had been killed and over 4650, including 22 health workers, had been injured in Gaza--one of the world's most densely populated places.

To provide urgent health care, WHO launched a US$13.3 million response plan. It has been coordinating the plan through its offices in Cairo, Gaza, Geneva and Jerusalem, and by working closely with the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah and with health cluster partners. Partners include the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the International Committee of the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

As part of the Israeli government's humanitarian efforts to assist the civilian population of Gaza, a forward emergency treatment centre was opened at the Erez crossing into Gaza on 18 January. According to the Israeli government, the Ministry of Health will operate the emergency treatment centre there through the Magen David Adorn.

WHO warned of possible outbreaks of disease in Gaza--with its high population density and dire living conditions-- following the serious disruption to the vaccination programme there. …

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