Where We Work


Syria Crisis

The crisis continues into its ninth year

A small country of just 6 million people, Lebanon is now hosting nearly 1 million Syrian refugees as well as an estimated 250,000 to 400,000 Palestinians. This means that more than a quarter of the country’s population is made up of refugees—an influx that has left public services severely overstretched and deepened poverty levels. A bit more than half of Syrians and 10 percent of Lebanese are extremely poor, living on the equivalent of just a few dollars a day. As a result, some 3.3 million people in Lebanon are in need of assistance, a figure that includes both refugee and host communities.



Syrian Refugees

Nearly 1 million 



More than half of all Syrian refugees in residing in Lebanon are living in poverty

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Syrian Refugee Crisis

More than 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. International Medical Corps has been on the front lines of the crisis since 2012.

Syria Crisis

Now in its ninth year, the Syrian war continues to inflict immeasurable levels of suffering on civilians and fuel the largest displacement in the world today.

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The Challenges

Population Displacement

More than a quarter of Lebanon’s population are refugees, including nearly 1 million Syrians

Widespread Poverty

More than half of Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon and 10% of Lebanese are living in extreme poverty

Armed Conflict

The Syrian war is now in its ninth year and continues to inflict immeasurable harm

Our Response

Emergency Response

Our emergency response experts, including those who staff mobile medical units, work rapidly to address ongoing emergencies and the massive needs of families fleeing violence, ensuring increased access to primary healthcare services. International Medical Corps regularly distributes relief supplies to tens of thousands of people in need. This includes providing those suffering from physical disabilities with medical aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, air mattresses and toilet chairs, as well as hygiene items such as soap, shampoo and diapers.

Health Care

International Medical Corps works to ensure access to quality health services for Syrian refugees, vulnerable Lebanese and other persons of concern. We do this by supporting a network of about 50 primary healthcare clinics and dispensaries across the country. The primary healthcare clinics focus on prevention and health maintenance, including routine physical examinations, wellness exams for children, malnutrition screening, immunizations, referrals, care and follow-up treatment for those with non-communicable diseases, and antenatal and postnatal care. International Medical Corps procures essential medications based in the Ministry of Public Health’s drug list and works closely with the supported PHC to dispense and monitor their use. International Medical Corps also works closely with these PHCCs to provide continuous capacity-building support, with the goal of improving the quality of services at each facility.

On average, International Medical Corps-supported facilities provide more than 27,000 consultations per month. For example, between September 2016 and August 2017, we provided health services to nearly 750,000 beneficiaries.

Community Health

Awareness raising and health education are key components of International Medical Corps’ primary healthcare services. These services play a valuable role in limiting the spread of communicable diseases and minimizing both primary and secondary healthcare costs. International Medical Corps identifies volunteers from local communities and provides them with in-depth training and field coaching. Training includes a variety of health education topics, including infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and other chronic illnesses, infant and young child feeding nutrition for the life cycle, immunization, newborn care, antenatal care, personal hygiene and sexually transmitted diseases. The Community Health Workers we train serve as a vital link between PHCCs and those residing in the surrounding areas. They provide referrals and follow-up with refugees and vulnerable Lebanese at home, in informal settlements and collective shelters, and in schools and underserved neighborhoods. The Community Health team also organizes health campaigns across the country, in coordination with local and international partners, to sensitize communities following interactive health and hygiene awareness sessions.

In 2017, International Medical Corps trained and supported 73 Community Health Workers, of which 65 were women. Between September 2016 and August 2017, our Community Health team reached more than 32,000 beneficiaries through awareness sessions and referred more than 16,000 beneficiaries to healthcare services.

Mental health and psychosocial support

International Medical Corps has played a leading role in the delivery of comprehensive mental health programming since arriving in Lebanon more than a decade ago. We have expanded access to services by training primary healthcare providers to diagnose and treat mild to moderate mental illnesses and disorders. Through the mental health care centers, primary health clinics and community centers we support, multi-disciplinary case management teams comprising case managers, psychotherapists and psychiatrists provide continuous support to beneficiaries and refer cases to other services according to need. Between September 2016 and August 2017, International Medical Corps provided more than 22,500 MHPSS consultations to more than 2,500 beneficiaries.

As part of efforts to promote health and well-being among refugees and vulnerable Lebanese, International Medical Corps also offers community-based activities for youth and caregivers, among other persons of concern. Programs around parenting skills and early childhood development, for example, are designed to raise awareness on a variety of mental health topics and equip individuals with the resources they need to help both themselves and those around them. Between September 2016 and August 2017, more than 10,800 individuals have participated in awareness sessions. International Medical Corps has also developed 15 educational booklets on mental health disorders including depression, post-partum depression, loss and grief, enuresis, paranoia, schizophrenia and psychosomatic disorders

International Medical Corps also supports the Ministry of Public Health’s National Mental Health Program, which provides national-level guidelines and policies for mental health services in Lebanon. Our partnerships with the National Mental Health Program helps integrate mental health into primary healthcare, ensuring access to quality mental health care within the existing healthcare system.

Gender-based Violence

As part of efforts to prevent early marriage, domestic and sexual violence, among other forms of gender-based violence (GBV), International Medical Corps convenes community awareness sessions around women’s empowerment and leads psychosocial activities such as support groups for vulnerable children, women and men. The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), which culminates in community-based projects designed and implemented by youth, is also instrumental in raising awareness of GBV concerns. The program engages the wider community in prevention efforts, and strengthens linkages with relevant service providers. International Medical Corps also provides case management and counselling services to women and girls, as well as men and boys, through safe spaces and community centers across Lebanon. Between September 2016 and August 2017, International Medical Corps provided more than 9,200 consultations for GBV survivors and other vulnerable women and girls, and reached more than 7,000 individuals with awareness-raising messaging. We conduct capacity-strengthening activities on clinical management of rape (CMR). Between September 2016 and August 2017, this included CMR training to 57 health professionals from 12 primary healthcare clinics across Lebanon.

Our Impact

Between September 2016 and August 2017, we provided health services to nearly 750,000 beneficiaries.
Between September 2016 and August 2017, we provided more than 22,500 mental health and psychosocial support consultations to more than 2,500 beneficiaries.

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