- An estimated 1.2 million Syrian refugees, Palestinian refugees from Syria, and Lebanese returnees have sought refuge in Lebanon since the Syrian conflict began in 2011. Lebanon, a tiny country with a population of only four million, is struggling to cope.
- Médecins Sans Frontières continues to respond with free medical care for people in need, regardless of nationality and refugee registration status.
- Many people who have crossed into Lebanon have stayed close to the border, in areas such as in Bekaa Valley, where there is insufficient healthcare infrastructure to meet the current needs.
- Médecins Sans Frontières provides basic and reproductive healthcare, treatment for chronic diseases, counselling, and health promotion activities to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese.
- Teams work at clinics in the towns of Baalbek and Majdal Anjar (West Bekaa), Aarsal (North Bekaa), and in Hermel.
- Médecins Sans Frontières continues to work in Shatila camp in southern Beirut, a Palestinian refugee settlement dating back to 1949, where more recent Palestinian refugees from Syria and Syrian refugees are also living.
- The focus is on unregistered refugees who are not eligible for official assistance and registered refugees with medical needs falling outside the UN Refugee Agency’s eligibility criteria.
- Basic healthcare for children under 15, treatment for chronic diseases and mental health support services are available.
- A referral system is in place for patients requiring specialist medical intervention, such as caesarean sections for women with high-risk pregnancies and birth complications.
- In the coastal city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon a team works in Dar al Zahraa hospital providing medical services, including treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, reproductive healthcare, counselling and routine vaccinations, are provided to vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees, regardless of their status.
- Similar services have been offered in Abdie since April.
- Médecins Sans Frontières also offers reproductive healthcare, counselling and care for acute diseases in Jabal Mohsen and Bab el Tabbaneh dispensaries.
- A small team based in southern Lebanon offers basic healthcare to refugees.
- Médecins Sans Frontières supports three health centres, with activities focused on children under 15, chronic diseases, mental healthcare and reproductive and maternal health services. There is also a referral system for patients in need of specialist healthcare.
- In 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières extended its healthcare programme from Ein-el-Hilweh camp to assist the Palestinian refugee community, Syrian refugees and vulnerable residents across the Sidon area.
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Médecins Sans Frontières first worked in the country in 1976 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 284 staff in Lebanon.