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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

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.

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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 Actions

• Strengthening the national health care system by sup- porting the sector’s efforts to face the crisis

• Support for primary health care centres operated by five partners in their efforts to obtain accreditation from the Ministry of Public Health

• Strengthening the capacities of our partners’ medical personnel to improve the quality of the services they offer

• Providing mental-health and psychosocial support services in health care centres, including awareness- raising activities

• Collaboration with various Lebanese universities and organizations to help develop mental-health research in the Middle East

Our Impact

Between 2017 and 2018, we performed:
  • 84,460
    MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE CENTRES SUPPORTED BY DOCTORS OF THE WORLD
  • 9,521
    CONSULTATIONS IN MENTAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT
  • 18,123
    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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