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 2020 in Lebanon

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Lebanon in 2020 The arrival of COVID-19 and a massive explosion in Beirut dealt further blows to Lebanon’s health system, already fragile following a year of economic, political and social unrest.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Lebanon

In August, a huge explosion tore through the capital, Beirut, killing at least 200 people and destroying many homes and businesses. The blast resulted in a spike in COVID-19 cases as thousands of injured and traumatised people took to the streets to seek treatment for their wounds or search for missing family members, abandoning all precautionary measures. MSF assisted residents of the devastated areas by providing medical care and mental health support, distributing hygiene kits and installing water tanks.

COVID-19 spread from September and overwhelmed the healthcare system. A series of lockdowns further aggravated the economic crisis. As the number of cases increased, we transformed our hospital in the Bekaa Valley into a COVID-19 facility and supported an isolation centre in Siblin, in the south of the country. In Elias Haraoui in Zahle, we adapted and expanded our activities in the emergency room to ensure effective triage of patients. Our teams also carried out COVID-19 testing and health promotion activities in several locations across Lebanon.

Preventing the pandemic from disrupting other essential health services was of fundamental importance to our teams in Lebanon. During the year, we kept existing activities running, to ensure access to free, high-quality healthcare for vulnerable people in need of medical or humanitarian support, such as Syrian refugees – there are over a million in the country.

We ran reproductive health services and maternity centres in south Beirut and Arsal, and offered general and intensive care, including vaccinations and treatment for children with thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder. Mental health support and care for non-communicable diseases were also available in our projects.

 

in 2020
 
MSF COVID-19 Response in Lebanon
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Offering extra protection against COVID-19 to Lebanon’s most vulnerable

Project Update 26 May 2020
 
COVID-19 training in Lebanon
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF responds to COVID-19 in Lebanon

Project Update 9 Apr 2020
 
Houssam
Lebanon

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
Lebanon

Treating Syrian children suffering from thalassemia

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

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

Voices from the Field 3 May 2019
 
Shatila Camp Illustrations
Lebanon

“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

Contact us

Shatila Camp
MSF Lebanon

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