Reducing the impact of the Syrian crisis
Scattered across hundreds of Lebanese communities, often in the poorest regions of the country, Syrian refugees have a hard time accessing essential services. Their limited financial resources are increasingly forcing them to live in camps, overcrowded apartments and buildings that are abandoned or under construction.
Lebanese authorities have put a series of measures in place to limit the influx of Syrians. The restrictions on the establishment of official refugee camps heighten the difficulty of their situation and increase their motivation to leave Lebanon for more welcoming countries, such as Turkey.
However, mental health and psychosocial services are essential, not only to meet the needs of the Syrian refugees, but also for Lebanese citizens suffering from chronic mental health problems and trauma relating to the war and the displacements caused by it.
Doctors of the World supports 5 primary health care centres and 1 Mobile Health Clinic in the Beqaa valley and in the Beirut/Mount Lebanon region, an area with an especially large number of refugees. With the organization’s help, the victims of the Syrian conflict and Lebanon’s most vulnerable populations can receive care and medications at no cost. Cooperation with local partners ensures financial support and allows for a focus on the quality of patient intake and the care provided to recipients.
To address the psychological suffering of the affected populations, psychotherapists provide consultations and therapeutic follow-ups in the health care centres, while cases of severe mental disorders are referred to specialized services. They are supported by a team of community agents who do prevention and orientation work within the communities.
Intervention regions: Beqaa valley – Zahlé, Kamid el-Loz, El Ain, El Qaa, Qab Elias – Aley district at Mount Lebanon.