The World Health Organisation has a ‘country office’ for West Bank and Gaza based in East Jerusalem.
Regular reports to the World Health Assembly are entitled “Health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and in the occupied Syrian Golan”
The report to the 63rd Assembly in May 2010 can be read HERE
The report to the 64th Assembly in May 2011 is HERE.
The report to the 65th World Health Assembly in May 2012 is HERE.
The report to the 66th World Health Assembly in April 2013 is HERE. Note this telling passage about Gaza: “Water quality and quantity is also an area of concern in the Gaza Strip as 90% to 95% of the water aquifer is considered unfit for human consumption due to high levels of salts and nitrates.”
Gaza Health Fact sheet – Jan 2010
The closure of Gaza since mid 2007 and the Israeli military strike between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009 led to ongoing deterioration in the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.
Read the factsheet HERE.
A series of short updates during the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in November/December 2012 can be read HERE.
A report in April 2013 details the patient referrals from Gaza to outside hospitals (Egypt, Israel, East Jerusalem etc). The good news is that Israel did not refuse any permits in this month. The bad news is that almost 1 in 5 patients missed their appointment because their permit was delayed. Read the full report and stats HERE.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) was mandated in 1969 to provide humanitarian, health, cultural and social services when and where needed to the Palestinian population. Its website contains news and reports:


The Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC) is a Palestinian grassroots non-governmental and not-for-profit organization established in 1985. Based in Gaza, it provides primary and secondary health services beside community services.
The website link is You can donate through the website as directed or through Liverpool Friends of Palestine.


Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has offices in Beirut, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Gaza City. It provides medical care in partnership with local clinics and hospitals and works directly with communities on longer-term health development.
Their website carries reports of what the do and about health matters in Palestine generally. You can donate through the website as directed or through Liverpool Friends of Palestine.

The Lancet – Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
The Lancet is one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals and its website carries a good deal of material  on Palestine.  This report (from March 2010) on the health status of 3·8 million people living in the occupied Palestinian territory, examines aspects of the Palestinian health predicament: health services; maternal and child health; cardiovascular diseases; diabetes and cancer; health and human security; and the future of the healthcare system. The report was written by a team of health scientists in the occupied Palestinian territory, together with international colleagues from WHO, associated UN agencies, and academic institutions in the USA, UK, Norway, and France. “Hope for improving health and quality of life of Palestinians will exist only once people recognise that the structural and political conditions that they endure in the occupied Palestinian territory are the key determinants of population health”.

The full report is HERE.

A follow-up report in 2011 is HERE.



A recent medical advance has a local interest for us. A team of volunteers from Liverpool have pioneered organ transplants in Gaza. Read all about it HERE.


Dr Miri Weingarten – Symposium on Conflict and Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories –WATCH HERE.