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Gaza

Volume 717: debated on Monday 8 February 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health of children in Gaza. [HL1536]

UN agencies and non-governmental organisations have published a number of reports on the health of children in Gaza. According to these reports. infant mortality rates in Gaza have stagnated in the past few years, following a long period of sustained decreases. There are high levels of diarrhoeal disease and anaemia among young children. Children's diets have deteriorated due to restrictions on imports, leading to growing levels of acute and chronic malnutrition. At the same time, an increase in overweight children has been recorded, due to reductions in the quality of available food and lack of physical activity. The trauma and stress experienced during last winter's conflict also appear to have resulted in increasing mental health problems in children.