Last updated 28 November 2016
The situation in Lebanon remains highly volatile. The presence of over 1.4 million Syrian refugees is putting considerable strain on public services and is exacerbating tensions in the country.
Living conditions are precarious, with increasing numbers of refugees residing in informal tented settlements and unsuitable shelters. The main health concerns are access to primary and secondary healthcare, safe deliveries, mental health and access to chronic disease medications.
In February 2016, MSF opened its third mother and child centre in Majdal Anjar, in central Bekaa, just a few kilometres away from the Syrian border. The centre is open 24/7, and teams assist uncomplicated deliveries. The centre's services are available to more than 15,000 women who otherwise have no access to free and safe delivery.
In Akkar governorate in April 2015, MSF opened another primary healthcare clinic in Abde, north of Tripoli. The clinic provides primary healthcare, including care for acute conditions and NCDs, as well as sexual and reproductive healthcare. It also offers mental health and health promotion activities, as well as vaccinations. In September 2016, MSF opened a health centre in Wadi Khaled offering treatment for NCDs and mental health counselling.
In May 2016, the MSF health centre in Burj al-Barajneh launched a home-based care programme for patients with chronic diseases who suffer from mobility problems.
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Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, it is estimated that more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees and Palestinian refugees from Syria have arrived in Lebanon and the small country is struggling to cope with their acute humanitarian and medical needs.
Five years into the conflict, most of the refugees are still largely reliant on humanitarian assistance for their daily survival. No official refugee camps have been established, so families are forced to live in informal settlements such as garages, farms, old schools or unfinished buildings.
Overcrowding and inadequate food, water and shelter have had a negative impact on people’s health, but they are unable to access the medical services they need. MSF is providing free healthcare to refugees, including those whose regular treatment for chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma has been interrupted because of the war, and expectant mothers, who have often had no access to specialised care or medical surveillance during their pregnancies.
Year MSF first worked in the country: 1976.
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