Photo of the Week: MSF Maternity unit in Shatila Camp, Lebanon

The International Red Cross established this area as a refugee camp in 1949 to accommodate the influx of Palestinian refugees after 1948. More than 65 years after it was established its residents remain in limbo with no state of their own and few rights within Lebanon, with new generations growing up in a place that was never intended to be permanent. 

MSF’s health centre in the Shatila camp in Beirut focuses on the basic and mental healthcare needs of children, pregnant women and patients suffering from chronic diseases. The maternity unit was added in January 2015 because it became clear that most expectant Syrian mothers were unable to afford the costs of giving birth in a Lebanese hospital.