Offline: WHO’s erasure of Palestinians must cease – The Lancet

…Despite being a member of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)—3·2 million people in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and 2·2 million people in the Gaza Strip—is absent from WHO’s data. There is only one mention of the oPt: in a single chart of crude death rates for COVID-19. But elsewhere, in tables of indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals, annexes of global health estimates, and even in the list of EMRO members, the Palestinian people have been entirely erased…

…I asked WHO why it excluded Palestinians from their World Health Statistics. EMRO replied that “oPt is recognised as a member of EMRO countries and oPt is included in all EMRO reports and data”. So why does WHO Headquarters erase Palestinians from their official statistics? No credible reason was offered. WHO acknowledges that the oPt is a place of sufficient population size to warrant inclusion. The agency will review the oPt’s status for future reports…

Source: Offline: WHO’s erasure of Palestinians must cease – The Lancet