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Cablegate: Usaid Meets with Pa Ministers of Health And

Published: Thu 19 Jul 2007 10:54 AM
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SUBJECT: USAID MEETS WITH PA MINISTERS OF HEALTH AND
PLANNING
REF: JERUSALEM 1254
1. (SBU) USAID Mission Director met with Minister of Health
Fathi Abu Moghli and Minister of Planning Samir Abdallah July
16 to discuss USAID programs in West Bank/Gaza. Abu Moghli
stated that he intends to (1) develop a strategic plan for
the health sector and (2) work with USAID on its ongoing
health programs. Abdallah stated that he has been developing
a six month, economic "Quick Recovery" plan to create jobs
with private sector participation and improve the state of
education, health care, and humanitarian assistance. End
summary.
MOH Moghli Keen To Work
With USAID Health Projects
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2. (SBU) USAID representatives and Econoff met with Minister
of Health (MOH) Fathi Abu Moghli on July 16 to discuss USAID
programs in West Bank/Gaza. Moghli said that the MOH is
eager to move forward with USAID on the Emergency Medical
Assistance Program (EMAP III), which supports the Palestinian
health care system through procurement of pharmaceuticals and
medical supplies for major health care facilities and
operational support via sub-grants to NGO facilities, and
USAID's Mother and Child Health Care (Hanan) project, which
aims to improve the health of Palestinian women of
reproductive age and children. He plans to develop a
comprehensive, strategic health plan for the West Bank/Gaza
in the coming weeks, and hoped that the MOH would be USAID,s
leading partner in its WB/G health care projects.
MOH Gaza Reporting
To Ramallah Offices
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3. (SBU) Moghli stated that his office still controls MOH
operations in Gaza, as PA MOH employees in Gaza continue to
report to their supervisors in Ramallah. He said that all
MOH procurement will be transferred to MOH offices in
Ramallah and Nablus, yet he plans to ship drugs to Gaza with
the logistical assistance of ICRC and WHO when needed.
MOP Developing A Quick
Recovery Program
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4. (SBU) PA Minister of Planning Samir Abdullah emphasized
the importance of security reform to improving the WB/G
investment climate by establishing law and order (see
reftel). He said that his office is developing a six-month
"Quick Recovery Plan" (QRP) - in association with the Health,
Education, and National Economy Ministries - to present to
the PA Cabinet in the coming weeks. The QRP aims to improve
the state of security, education, infrastructure, health
care, and humanitarian assistance, according to Abdallah. He
emphasized the important role that he hoped the private
sector would play in QRP implementation.
WALLES
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