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Lebanon

1.5 million

Syrians have fled to Lebanon

250,000

Lebanese live below the poverty line (less than $4 a day)

The situation

Scattered across various regions throughout Lebanon, often in the poorest areas of the country, Syrian refugees lack access to even the most basic of services. Their limited financial means force them to live in camps, in overcrowded apartments and in buildings that are either abandoned or under construction.

 

The Lebanese authorities have put a series of measures in place to limit the influx of Syrian refugees. That means less aid to refugees, making their situation even more precarious. It also incites them to leave Lebanon for other countries in the region, like Turkey.

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Our action

Since 2012, Doctors of the World has been supporting five health centres in the Bekaa Valley — a territory where refugees have gravitated in large numbers. Thanks to Doctors of the World, the victims of the Syrian conflict, as well as the most vulnerable Lebanese population, can receive free medical care. Together with local partners, we offer financial support and the means to improve the quality of care given to people in need.

 

To tend to the psychological suffering of the population, our psychotherapists provide consultations and ensure follow-ups in therapeutic centres. Cases of serious mental disorders are redirected to specialized services. The psychotherapists are supported by a team of community workers who offer preventive care and referrals within their local communities.

Our Impact

In 2016, we performed:
  • 78,601
    MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS IN PRIMARY HEALTHCARE
  • 7,982
    CONSULTATIONS IN MENTAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT
  • 17,997
    SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CONSULTATIONS

Our partners

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History

1990

Rehabilitation of health facilities damaged by war.

1996

Emergency aid for displaced victims of the Lebanese-Israeli war.

2001

Work with 3,000 ex-detainees of the Israeli prison of Khiam in the Physical and Psychological Rehabilitation Centre

2006

Medical, social and legal aid projects in about 15 detention centres, until 2008.

2012

Program to provide access to care for Syrian refugees and the most vulnerable Lebanese population.

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