WHO appeals for $8.7 million to rebuild Gaza's health system

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A little girl cries as medics attend to her injuries at al-Shifa hospital, Gaza City (18 July). UNICEF/Eyad El Baba

The World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for $8.7 million to rebuild Gaza's health system damaged by the Israeli attacks in July.

The UN health agency says the amount is part of a $45.1 million project to repair and enhance Gaza's health care system.

The appeal comes in the wake of a donor conference held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo over weekend.

Christian Lindmeier is a WHO spokesperson in Geneva.

"According to our preliminary surveys, 67 health facilities were damaged to varying degrees. A whole range of trauma patients during the crisis and, of course, many more after the hostilities ceased have used up the stocks of essential medicines and have also exhausted also the health staff. The conflict killed 2,145 and injured 11,231 of whom 10 per cent are likely to have long-term or permanent injuries." (28")

WHO says approximately 20 per cent of Gaza's population, or some 360,000 people could need treatment for mental-health disorders in the wake of the hostilities.

The agency notes that before the conflict there was already a shortage of mental health services which are even more urgently needed now.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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