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OCHA presents humanitarian action plan 2003


Today, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) presented its humanitarian action plan for the occupied Palestinian territories for the coming year. The plan starts by stating that te cause of the humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories is “fundamentally political”. According to OCHA this problem “cannot be solved with humanitarian aid alone.” 

'The patient is dying,' UN Middle East envoy says


Warning of a dire humanitarian situation in the Middle East, the senior United Nations envoy to the region, Terje Roed-Larsen, today appealed to donors gathered in Jerusalem to extend support for a wide range of assistance efforts. “There have been inputs, but no impact. In short, the patient is dying.” 

UNRWA faces historic crisis


As the agency responsible for the provision of humanitarian aid and basic services to nearly half the population of the occupied Palestinian territory, UNRWA today faced perhaps one of the most serious challenges in its history, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen, told the Fourth Committee this morning. 

Distance Learning: An educational survival strategy in war-like conditions at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University (part 2 of 2)


One of the features of prolonged Israeli sieges is that everyone, no matter what their line of work or social status, will have to deal with the interruption to their life posed by closures, checkpoints, and cope with days and weeks spent trapped in the confines of their town or, in the case of curfews, the walls of their home. Samia Halileh and Rita Giacaman, who work for the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, have documented the Institute’s process of “accommodating exceptional circumstances”. The following report is a glimpse into the dangers and frustrations of trying to carry on an academic life during wartime. 

Distance Learning: An educational survival strategy in war-like conditions at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University (part 1 of 2)


One of the features of prolonged Israeli sieges is that everyone, no matter what their line of work or social status, will have to deal with the interruption to their life posed by closures, checkpoints, and cope with days and weeks spent trapped in the confines of their town or, in the case of curfews, the walls of their home. Samia Halileh and Rita Giacaman, who work for the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, have documented the Institute’s process of “accommodating exceptional circumstances”. The following report is a glimpse into the dangers and frustrations of trying to carry on an academic life during wartime. 

Health situation of Palestinian people living in the occupied Palestinian Territory


Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO Director-General, announced today that the health situation of people in the occupied Palestinian territory is deteriorating as a result of the escalation of the conflict compounded by further border closures and curfews throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip since March 2002. 

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