MSF looks back on its Lebanon emergency response
The first MSF team entered Lebanon on July 20, one week after the conflict started. The team rapidly grew and, a few weeks into the conflict, 37 international and 63 national staff were working in Lebanon and Syria in nine areas: Beyrouth, SaÃ?¯da, Sour, Jezzine, Nabatiye, West Bekaa, Aley, Baalbek and Damascus.
There were two phases to MSF's emergency response as the needs on the ground evolved rapidly.
During the first phase of the emergency, charactized by ongoing fighting, bombings and major population displacements, MSF's operations focused on three main activities:
After the cease-fire came into effect, on August 14, the majority of displaced people were keen to return home. Two days after the beginning of the truce most displaced centers were empty. In this second phase, MSF refocused its activity on:
Before and after the cease-fire, the majority of medical needs were addressed directly by Lebanese health structures. MSF's work consisted mainly in supporting them. With the acute phase of the humanitarian emergency ending and many organizations arriving to help with the reconstruction, MSF has decided to scale down its activities. The organization will however keep on monitoring the situation in case it deteriorates.
Throughout the conflict more than 60,000 displaced in Lebanon and 3,500 refugees in Syria received relief items such as cooking and hygiene kits, mattresses, blankets, bed sheets, baby formulas, tents, etc. More than 300 tonnes of material were sent to Beirut, including relief items, medical supplies (material for dialysis, medicines, surgical kits, etc.) and logistical materials(sanitation equipment, water bladders, etc.).
All MSF activities in Lebanon were financed through private funds.