Shaimaa Shams Eddine, patient
The health system in Lebanon – a country which hosts over 850,000 registered Syrian refugees – has continued to crumble in recent years due to social and political unrest, economic collapse, and the Beirut blast.

Despite the efforts of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health in supporting basic and specialist healthcare for refugees, the cost of consultations, laboratory tests, and medication remains a barrier for a significant number of refugees.

MSF ensures access to free, high-quality healthcare for vulnerable people, including refugees and migrant workers. Our activities include reproductive health services, general and intensive care, treatment for non-communicable diseases, and routine vaccinations for children, in Akkar, Zahle, South Beirut and in the Bekaa valley. We also provide treatment for children with thalassemia in Zahle.

Our teams are currently running COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, including in nursing homes and in prisons. We are also conducing health education sessions which include informative messages about COVID-19 vaccination and the ways to register to get vaccinated.

Our activities in 2021 in Lebanon

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF in Lebanon in 2021 In 2021, the humanitarian situation continued to deteriorate rapidly in Lebanon, as the economic and financial crisis showed no sign of abating, and the health system struggled to provide basic services.
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Eighty-five per cent of people are now reportedly living below the poverty line, with insufficient access to food, fuel and medication. The breakdown of the healthcare system and severe shortages of essential drugs have pushed more people to seek assistance from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other medical humanitarian organisations to cover their medical needs.*

Our teams provide basic health services, including sexual and reproductive healthcare, consultations for chronic diseases, mental health support, thalassemia care and surgery in various areas of the country. We also assist births, offer paediatric care and routine vaccinations for children. At the end of the year, a reassessment of our activities led to the closure of the paediatric intensive care unit in Zahle.  

In 2021, we opened a new clinic to respond to the medical needs of migrant workers who have been impacted by the economic crisis. There are approximately 250,000 migrant workers in Lebanon, in addition to over 1.5 million refugees, mainly Palestinians and Syrians, many of whom live in precarious conditions in overcrowded camps. MSF activities in the eastern and northern areas of the country have been developed to cover the needs of these people, who often face limited access to medical care. 

COVID-19 dealt yet another blow to the overstretched healthcare system. Some healthcare workers left the country, while many health facilities in Beirut that were damaged in the port explosion in 2020 remained unrepaired.  

MSF supported the COVID-19 response by temporarily transforming our hospital in Bar Elias into a COVID-19 treatment centre during the first months of 2021. Our teams also assisted with vaccinations for people most at risk, such as the elderly, medical staff and detainees, and sent mobile teams to vaccinate communities in the remote area of Akkar, in the north of Lebanon. 

* World Food Programme, Lebanon m-VAM Vulnerability and Food Security Assessment, https://docs.wfp.org/api/documents/WFP-0000129566/download/
 

in 2021
 
Cholera vaccination campaign in Lebanon
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Press Release 18 Nov 2022
 
MSF clinic Hermel
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Breaking barriers to mental health care in Lebanon

Project Update 14 Oct 2021
 
MSF's clinic in Arsal
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Healthcare system in Lebanon disintegrates as political vacuum persists

Project Update 1 Sep 2021
 
Beirut: 2 months after the blast
Lebanon

Beirut one year after the blast: Economic crisis and COVID-19 create the perfect storm

Project Update 3 Aug 2021
 
Tripoli
Lebanon

Overlapping crises in Lebanon increase needs and worsen access to care

Project Update 8 Jan 2021
 
Thalassemia in Zahleh
Lebanon

Saving the lives of children with thalassaemia in Lebanon

Project Update 3 Dec 2020
 
World Mental Health Day Package-Lebanon
Lebanon

“I needed to make myself useful to overcome the panic”

Voices from the Field 9 Oct 2020
 
Wound and burn care medical point
Lebanon

“The explosion did not distinguish between its victims and neither should the aid response”

Interview 4 Sep 2020
 
Wound and burn care medical point
Lebanon

MSF provides medical and mental health support to Beirut's most affected communities

Project Update 12 Aug 2020

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Shatila Camp
MSF Lebanon

Hamra main street, Domtex building, 5th floor
Beirut, Lebanon
Area zip code: 1103