"We believe that all humankind should have access to good quality health care."
Although Lebanon is a small country, the ongoing crisis in Syria has dramatically altered its population and its demography and, by extension, exacerbated its social and economic problems.
According to Lebanese officials thousands of Syrian refugees are officially registered in Lebanon, however, “the total may be twice than that.”
In 2019, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported that around 935,454 Syrian refugees are registered in Lebanon – mainly women and children, where most reside in dire living conditions and face an uncertain future.
Syrian children in Lebanon remain extremely vulnerable to the most damaging effects of the Syrian conflict, with limited access to basic resources, healthcare, and education.
The refugees’ healthcare needs are immense. Many come with health conditions that require immediate attention.
Moreover, the harsh living conditions and trauma caused by their displacement from everything familiar have intensified such needs. These needs include reproductive-health and family-planning services, infant and pediatric health care (e.g. vaccinations), treatment for acute illnesses (such as respiratory infections and gastrointestinal diseases) and chronic diseases (e.g. hypertension and diabetes), to say nothing of the emotional and mental-health crises that many endure.
Because of their limited financial resources and the high cost of healthcare in Lebanon, refugees need financial support to access primary, secondary and tertiary health-care services, as well as the basics such as transportation.
Despite financial support and programs provided by a variety of international donor agencies, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health, and other partners, many refugees find it difficult or impossible to access or pay for diagnosis, medical treatment and medications.
MFA Crisis Response Plan
To meet the needs of these refugees, MFA provides financial support to a network of six Primary Healthcare Centers that serve as entry points for medical care for Syrian refugees in Beirut, the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, the North, and the South.
MFA’s financial assistance covers fees for consultation and diagnostic procedures for refugees of all ages and medical conditions.
Recognizing the complex difficulties facing many refugees, MFA also supports the equipping and expansion of an existing network of mobile medical units. The three mobile units ensure cost-free access for the most vulnerable refugees, including those who do not have transportation, those living in remote areas, and those for whom travel is complicated, such as pregnant women, children under five and adults over 65.
In 2018 these centers made a difference in the lives of 47,721 Syrian refugees throughout Lebanon.
We need your help to be able to provide medical and social assistance to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.