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 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 nine mobile medical units and support 45 health facilities throughout the country. Since the start of 2013, International Medical Corps has provided over 300,000 PHC consultations, and reached over 680,000 Syrian refugees with health awareness sessions. Our work is funded by BPRM, 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

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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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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