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Healthy impetus II. Enhancing the primary health care situation of the populations affected by the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon

Nowadays it is estimated that socio-economic situation of approx. 61% of Lebanese has deteriorated since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011. 1.5 million Lebanese are considered to be living in poverty. In addition, Lebanon receives the largest number of refugees in the world which is at least 25% of the local population (unofficially it is approx. 1.5 million refugees).

Healthcare in Lebanon is overloaded. Thus, the group requiring special care can only to a limited extent enjoy medical benefits, which are due to them in line with WHO standards. The specificity of the Lebanese health system is the dominance of private centres, where beside 29 public hospitals, 145 private hospitals are registered. Private medical services are often not available for people who need special assistance. That is why non-government organisations have become a major provider of primary health care in medical clinics. Due to the situation described above, problems and security situation in Lebanon, the lack of documentation from many refugees, as well as tensions between the immigrant and local communities, many refugees are doomed to exclusion. For this reason, there is a necessity to organize mobile clinics and local health centres.

Beirut and Mount Lebanon areas are now inhabited by some of the most needy communities with a high percentage of refugees (30% of the total number of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon).

Local partner of Polish Medical Mission – Amel – provides basic medical assistance within the framework of the project implementation. The Amel health centre in Hay el Sellom provides assistance in the field of health care, mental health and vocational training. It provides assistance for Syrian refugees and the local community demanding special care. The health centre offers support for maternal and child health, family planning, general diseases and minor surgery, prevention and endemic diseases, the prevention of malnutrition, vaccinations and distributing essential drugs, health education and care for chronic diseases.

Healthy impetus II. Enhancing the primary health care situation of the populations affected by the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon

In the framework of the project access to primary medical care will be guaranteed for 12 000 beneficiaries among the Syrian refugees and the local population, where at least 10% of the beneficiaries are the Lebanese.

According to the local partner, 290 consultations in the field of general medicine, 666 consultations in the field of pediatrics, 594 consultations in the field of gynecology will be provided especially during eight months of funding the clinic through the project.

The residents of Baabda district (Beirut/Mount Lebanon area), especially in the area of HayyeSellom, indirectly profit from the implementation of the project. 10 000 Syrian refugees and 20 000 local residents are registered in the region. The area is part of the Baabda administrative district, in which 94 499 refugees are registered in comparison to 511 200 of the local population.