MSF maintains medical supplies in Lebanon hospitals and provides supplies to displaced

There are more than 200,000 displaced people living in the mountainous regions of Mont-Liban and Chouf, south-east of Beirut. MSF is working in Alaay and Beit Ed Dine districts. The latest arrivals are having to shelter in particularly poor conditions. The local community is helping as much as they can but, after more than two weeks, there is a lack of drinking water and some food shortages.

In the south of Lebanon, MSF teams visited the area close to the Israeli border on July 31 and August 1. They supplied drugs to medical staff in Beit, Jbail and Aaitaroun and provided consultations in Tebnine, a transit hub for people fleeing the region. MSF also helped evacuate people who had been trapped in Aaitaroun, a heavily bombed village close to the border.

In Sour (Tyre), MSF is running an out-patient clinic in Bashour Hospital. Mobile teams are also going out two days a week to provide medical care to displaced people in collective centres in Sour. A clinic has been running in Saida since July 31. MSF teams have distributed baby formula and hygiene kits to 150 families in Sour, and hygiene and cooking kits to 500 families in Saida.

Further north, MSF is supporting hospitals in Jezzine and Nabatiye. On August 2, MSF staff travelled to the south of the Bekaa valley and distributed relief goods to displaced people in El Qaraaoun. Conditions there at present are reasonable.

There are more than 200,000 displaced people living in the mountainous regions of Mont-Liban and Chouf, south-east of Beirut. MSF is working in Alaay and Beit Ed Dine districts. The latest arrivals are having to shelter in particularly poor conditions. The local community is helping as much as they can but, after more than two weeks, there is a lack of drinking water and some food shortages.

MSF teams are distributing relief goods to the most needy. Almost 8,000 people have received cooking equipment, blankets, stoves and hygiene kits containing soap, razors, toothbrushes etc. MSF teams are also improving water and sanitation facilities at sites where displaced people have gathered.

Lebanese medical staff are still coping with most medical needs, but are now running short of some common medicines, including drugs for treating chronic diseases. MSF has supplied materials for 5,000 haemodialysis treatments. The MSF teams are working with Lebanese medics to set up mobile clinics to cope with the growing demand for medical care for displaced people.

In Beirut, about 70,000 displaced people are living in several hundred schools. MSF teams have started running mobile clinics in the east and west of the city and have already seen more than 200 patients. One of the main problems is the lack of clean water, washing areas, toilets and showers. There is also a shortage of treatment for people suffering from chronic diseases. MSF plans next to assess areas in the south and investigate the need for mental health support for people in Beirut.

Supplies are still arriving from Europe into neighbouring countries where supply bases have been set up. So far, 118 tons of material has reached Beyrouth to be sent to the different areas where MSF teams are working. 100 tons are still waiting for shipment in Cyprus.

This material is composed of non food items (hygiene kits, cooking set, blankets, tents), medical material (material for dialysis, medicines, surgical kits, ect.) and logistical material (sanitation equipment, cars; ect.)

There are an estimated 30,000 Lebanese refugees in Syria. MSF flew in a cargo of blankets, mattresses and sanitary goods on August 3, which will be distributed to 8,500 people sheltering in schools and universities.