Contribution to the WHO Emergency Program Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPT) 2018

Contract partner: WHO - World Health Organization (assessed contributions) Country: Palästinensische Gebiete Funding amount: € 300.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2018 End: 31.12.2018

Short Description:

Overall goal

The rights of Palestinians living under occupation including those living under blockade and other restrictions are protected, respected and promoted in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and international Human Rights Law (IHRL).

Expected results

To ensure access of vulnerable communities in the West Bank and Gaza to quality and affordable health care services. This includes

- access to essential non-communicable disease (NCD) health services by ensuring diagnostic equipment, core laboratory services and medicines are availalbe; - protection of the right to health for all Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza through advocacy activities; - enhanced capacity of the Ministry of Health and enhanced health information, coordination and service delivery during emergencies, including improved service delivery across 70 health agencies.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The total target Group of the WHO Emergency Program for the oPT are 1.26 million people, comprising, among others, children, women of reproductive age, persons suffering from NCDs, elderly, persons with disabilities, or people in need of life-saving emergency health care.

Key Partners are the WHO office in the oPt and the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The program is implemented in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip .

With the Austrian contribution, it is estimated that up to 10,293 direct beneficiaries can be reached, including:

? 7,695 chronic disease patients in need of medication at the primary healthcare level

? 930 patients treated at the outpatient departments In hospitals

? 1,368 in need of emergency life-saving surgery

? 300 patients at the intensive care unit (ICU)

In addition, it is expected that the grant can contribute to supporting (as indirect beneficiaries):

? 20,000 patients in need of medical referrals outside of Gaza

? 13 hospitals and 49 Primary Health Care Centers with electronic monitoring systems.



• Ensure access to lifesaving NCD services in Gaza including the provision of drugs, consumables, diagnostic services, improved

screening, and resources for the maintenance of the health Services.

• Ensure that patients in Gaza have access to essential life-saving treatment by advocating for the right to health.

• Advocate for the protection and access of health staff and patients at health facilities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

• Develop the capacity of emergency response at secondary level by enhancing emergency information tools, and prepositioning key

stocks and medical supplies. This activity will focus on key vulnerable areas in Gaza and the West Bank, particularly also in East




The lack of access to essential health services for vulnerable groups in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt) is the result of multi-dimensional challenges affecting the availability, accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of the country’s health system. Such a complex environment requires a multi-faceted immediate, medium and long-term approach.

Within this context, WHO's Emergency Programme aims to respond to the immediate health needs in the oPt by ensuring access to critical and lifesaving health services for the identified acutely vulnerable people, through health service delivery and health advocacy, whilst also strengthening the health preparedness and resilience of the health system and vulnerable communities.

Overall, an estimated 1.6 million people have been identified as acutely vulnerable in the oPt and in need of essential healthcare services, over 1.2 million of them are in Gaza. From the total people in need, over 890,000 are women and over 360,00 are children under the age of 5. WHO's Emergency Response Programme has been set by taking into consideration the existing capacity, accessibility and resource availability of the Ministry of Health, UNRWA and other health partners.


project number 2121-00/2018
source of funding OEZA
sector Gesundheit allgemein
modality Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
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