More than 1.5 million Syrian refugees fleeing civil war reside in Lebanon.
The Syrian civil war has produced millions of refugees, more than 1 million of whom are currently seeking safety in Lebanon. Today, there are over 360,000 Syrians residing in the Bekaa refugee camp in northern Lebanon – 8 kilometers from the Syrian border. Doctors of the World has been active in Lebanon since 1990, so we immediately began responding to the influx of refugees.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon often have no legal status and limited access to finances, making it difficult for them to find jobs and to access healthcare. In partnership with local organizations such as Amel, we currently support 16 primary health centers and 6 mobile units in the valley, providing valuable primary health care to refugees and their families.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Syrian refugees supported
At each health center, Syrian refugees and extremely vulnerable Lebanese are able to access free primary and reproductive healthcare, health education, and malnutrition screening. Nearly 1,000 consultations are conducted each month at the centers. In 2016 we supported over 85,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and provided 104,580 consultations at the health centers which we support.
Most of our patients have fled war, instability, and violence. Many are suffering from severe trauma and are in dire need of psychosocial support. Our mental health specialists provide therapeutic consultations and follow up meetings at our centers, with serious cases being referred to additional services. We also work with a team of community workers who are able to identify members of the community who need help and to carry out referrals.
We will continue to improve primary healthcare provision and increase psychosocial support for refugees and vulnerable Lebanese at health centers across the country.