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
 
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Bringing healthcare to neighbourhoods isolated by sectarian violence

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Syria

Pregnant women often have no idea where to go

Project Update 5 Aug 2013
 
Lebanon -Providing medical care to Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley
Lebanon

“We are not tourists – we are people fleeing a war”

Project Update 20 Jun 2013
 
Lebanon - Providing medical care to Syrian refugees in Tripoli
Lebanon

Abundant medical needs among Syrian refugees and victims of local conflict

Project Update 4 Jun 2013

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MSF Lebanon

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