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The Lebanese health system struggles to provide basic services as the ongoing economic crisis and political unrest have left more than 80 per cent of people residing in Lebanon below the poverty line and in dire need of assistance.

Access to healthcare in the country is threatened by the pressure on the deteriorating public services on top of the soaring prices of private healthcare. Lebanon hosts more than 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees, in addition to approximately 250,000 migrant workers.  

We have adapted our services in the past years to provide free, quality healthcare to many communities, including Lebanese people. We run and support health facilities in six governorates, providing general, paediatric, reproductive, and mental healthcare, as well as treatment for non-communicable disease, vaccinations, and health promotion. 

Our activities in 2023 in Lebanon

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2023.

MSF in Lebanon in 2023 In 2023, as Lebanon’s economic crisis deepened, Médecins Sans Frontières continued to provide healthcare for vulnerable communities and support the national healthcare system through capacity building and medical donations.
Lebanon IAR map 2023

Lebanon hosts 1.5 million Syrian refugees, 400,000 Palestinians and over 160,000 migrant workers, many of whom live in precarious conditions.  Our teams assist the most vulnerable communities by providing reproductive, maternal and paediatric care, mental health support, treatment for chronic diseases, and routine vaccinations for children through our clinics across the country.

In addition, we are working to reinforce the national healthcare system and support local organisations affected by the socioeconomic crisis. This includes capacity building through training, and the provision of medicines and medical supplies to public healthcare centres, especially in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.

We are expanding collaborations with the Ministry of Health, local partners and other NGOs, such as Positive on Glucose (PoG), who advocate for individuals living with diabetes. With PoG, we conduct peer support sessions and staff training catering to the holistic needs of people with chronic diseases.

In mid-2023, we ceased our surgical activities in Bar Elias hospital, strategically reorienting our services to general care and support to the health system.

During the year, our teams also responded to health emergencies in various parts of the country, including the dire water and sanitation conditions in the northeast, where we offered treatment for water-borne diseases and distributed hygiene kits.

Following the escalation in conflict in southern Lebanon, we sent medical mobile teams to the Nabatiyeh area to address the growing needs of people who had been displaced since October 2023. We also provided trauma care and mass-casualty training in several hospitals across the country. In Ein Al-Hilweh camp, which hosts Palestinians, we treated people injured in armed clashes between rival factions.

In line with our aims to reduce our global carbon footprint, we installed solar panels in our clinics in Baalbek-Hermel.


in 2023

Empowering children living with type 1 diabetes

Project Update 13 Nov 2019
Treatment of mental disorders in non-specialized health settings
Mental health

Treating mental health outside of specialised settings

Project Update 17 Oct 2019
Providing mental health in Wadi Khaled
Mental health

Tackling stigma one patient at a time in Lebanon

Project Update 22 Jul 2019
Kids’Zone at MSF Thalassemia programme

Treating Syrian children suffering from thalassemia

Project Update 5 Jul 2019
Sexual reproductive health services in Bourj Al Barajneh Camp, South Beirut

Empowered midwives, satisfied mothers – midwife-led care in Lebanon

Voices from the Field 3 May 2019
Shatila Camp Illustrations

“To see one smile on a broken face is enough to know that this work is worthwhile”

Project Update 15 Jan 2019
Photo Story

MSF in Lebanon: Then and Now

7 Dec 2018
Photo Story
Aarsal clinic

One year after the battle, medical needs remain high in Arsal

Project Update 16 Aug 2018

Lebanon: MSF provides specialised paediatric care in Bekaa Valley 30 Apr 2018

Contact us

Shatila Camp
MSF Lebanon

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