Lebanon

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Today, International Medical Corps assists Lebanon with handling the needs of over 1 million Syrian refugees who seek protection from violence and insecurity in their own countries. We provide primary health care, health education and gender-based violence and mental health and psychosocial services to refugees and the local host population. In addition, we engage Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese youth in recreational activities as part of our psychosocial work in Lebanon. We work with government ministries, municipalities and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure long-term development of the country’s health infrastructure and improvement in quality of service, as well as address health and mental health policies at the ministry level. We also operate three mobile medical units and support 43 health facilities throughout the country. Since the start of 2013, International Medical Corps has provided over 440,000 PHC consultations at the clinics' level and over 153,000 consultations at the MMUs' level and 104,747mental health consultations, and reached over 1,700,000 participants Syrian refugees with health awareness sessions. Our work is primarily funded by PRM, UNHCR and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).

History: International Medical Corps began operating in Lebanon during the war in the summer of 2006 and played an integral role in the provision of relief to conflict-affected populations. Remaining in Lebanon following the August 2006 ceasefire, International Medical Corps assisted in reconstruction efforts and maintained a strong presence in the country providing services to Iraqi refugee populations through 2011. Immediately following the influx of Syrian refugees into the country in 2011, International Medical Corps began expanding programming to meet their health and mental health needs.

QUICK FACTS

  • Population

    Population
    5.8 Million

  • Refugees
    1.18 Million

  • age

    Median Age
    29.3 Years

  • life

    Life Expectancy
    77.2 Years

  • life

    Fertility Rate
    1.74 children per mother

  • Infant Mortality Rate

    Infant Mortality Rate
    7.98 deaths/1000 live births

OUR PROGRAMS IN LEBANON

  • Population

    Family and Community Health

  • Population

    Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Resilience in Lebanon
With tears streaking his face, Numan*, 28, recounts his last 15 years in Syria. At the age of two, he was abandoned in the street by his biological parents. A family then adopted him. His adoptive father was intensely authoritarian and grew increasingly fundamentalist over the years.

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CURRENT PROGRAMS

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

International Medical Corps is extending its reach of supporting primary health care services in 40 primary health care centers (PHCCs) to provide mental health assistance for refugees and other vulnerable populations through 12 case management teams all over Lebanon. Case management teams (consisting of case managers, psychiatrists, and psychologists) help individuals suffering from mild to severe mental health disorders and to collaborate with hospital staff on admitting patients in need of psychiatric hospitalization.

Our case managers play a key role in providing beneficiaries with information about available social and community services and raising awareness of the importance of mental health. Case managers conduct group awareness sessions on various mental health topics at PHCCs to reduce stigmatization of those with mental health disorders in order to decrease the negative attitudes and behaviors that are considered barriers to seeking care. International Medical Corps has established a Community Based Mental Health Center (CBMHC) with a team of social workers, psychotherapists and a psychiatrist to serve as a critical supervisory role, providing mhGAP support and supervision to medical and non-medical staff in PHCCs and integrate mental health into primary healthcare. Furthermore, psychosocial activities are conducted at International Medical Corps-supported centers to enable beneficiaries to approach recovery using new community based strategies.

International Medical Corps continues to provide technical and financial support for the National Mental Health Program within the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to implement their 2015-2020 strategy and reform the mental health system in the country.

RESOURCES

Lebanon Capabilities Statement

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Lebanon Syrian Refugee Response January-June 2013

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Challenges in Delivering Health Care for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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