Syria’s relentless civil war enters its eighth year this month with no sign of any end to what has...
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A small country of fewer than six million people, Lebanon is now hosting approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees as well as more than 300,000 Palestinians. That means 30 percent of the country’s population are refugees, an influx that has left public services severely overstretched and deepened poverty levels. An estimated 52 percent of Syrians and 10 percent of Lebanese are extremely poor and living off of less than $2.40 a day. As a result, some 3.3 million people in Lebanon are estimated to be in need of assistance, a figure that includes both refugee and host communities.
living in Lebanon
of Syrians in Lebanon are living in poverty
30% of Lebanon’s population are now refugees, including 1.5 million Syrians
52% of Syrians and 10% of Lebanese are living in extreme poverty (<$2.40/day)
The Syrian civil war is now in its seventh year and continues to inflict immeasurable harm
International Medical Corps is the largest international health actor in Lebanon. We support health care services across the country, including primary health care centers, health dispensaries, one community center, community/social development centers, and men’s centers, making medical care available to vulnerable Syrians, Palestinians and Lebanese. This includes curative and preventative services as well as reproductive health care services, including family planning and ante- and post-natal care.
International Medical Corps also protects the health of families by training people living in communities to serve as community health workers (CHWs) who can share health information about common diseases and make referrals as needed to health facilities. CHWs, most of whom are Syrian refugees, meet with families in their homes one-on-one and also organize health education events on health problems such as diarrhea and lice as well as healthy habits like nutrition and food safety.
International Medical Corps has been a leader in mental health programming since it first arrived in Lebanon in 2006. It has since expanded mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services to meet the needs of Syrian refugees as well as other vulnerable populations by integrating MHPSS into the health care services provided through many of the facilities we support. We also train primary health care providers to identify, diagnose and treat mild to moderate cases of mental illnesses and disorders.
Since 2011, when violent civil war erupted in Syria, over 4.8 million people (approximately equal to the populations of San Antonio, San Diego, Denver, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City combined) have fled their homes by land and sea in search of safety for themselves and their families. What do they carry as they flee?READ MORE