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Purchase of the multipurpose logistic car for the health center in the village El-Kaa

The locality of Qaa is situated in the northern part of the Bekaa Valley, near the border with Syria and 30 kilometres from the town of Arsal. In this area there are frequent clashes with jihadists. In recent years, the traditionally Christian indigenous people have been leaving Qaa en masse. In early 2015, they numbered about 5,000. At the same time, the number of refugees from Syria had reached 30,000, and the number of immigrating Lebanese Muslims (Shiites and Sunnis) had reached 8,000. Aside from the complicated situation regarding safety, the locality is struggling with infrastructure problems caused by rapid population growth and neglect by the central authorities of this district, which is far away from the country’s capital.

In view of the above, a very important role is played by the health centre, which ensures medical care both to refugees and poor residents who have no access to social insurance. The private sector for medical services is well developed in Lebanon, but these services are very expensive. The centre has no automobile to transport ill people, elderly people, people with disabilities, and medical staff. The centre has an ambulance and a bus, but for the most part they do not meet the needs of a given situation, thereby leading to redundant additional costs. The purchase of a small van or SUV would lower the costs of operation of the centre and improve the efficiency of its daily work.

Purchase of the multipurpose logistic car for the health center in the village El-Kaa

The project was implemented in cooperation with the National Lebanese Organisation for Social Development, a local non-governmental organisation. The organisation has been in operation since 1984, providing all types of assistance for residents of Qaa, i.e. ensuring health care for poor Syrian refugees, eliminating poverty among refugees and the families receiving them, and promoting agricultural development. On the initiative of this organisation, a health care centre and outpatient clinic were opened in Qaa. Thanks to these steps, the poorest residents and Syrian refugees have been ensured access to primary health care.

The aim of the project is to improve access to primary health care for refugees and poor people who are not covered by social insurance – both residents of Qaa and those in adjacent areas. The local health centre does not have an automobile to transport ill people, elderly people, people with disabilities and medical staff. The ambulance and bus currently at the disposal of the centre do not meet these needs.

The purchase of a small van or SUV will lower the costs of the centre, thereby significantly raising the efficiency of daily operations and increasing the number of people with access to primary health care.

Purchase of the multipurpose logistic car for the health center in the village El-Kaa

The project was implemented from 1 October to 31 December 2015 in Qaa, in the Bekaa Valley of north-eastern Lebanon. The town is located near the border with Syria and is one of the farthest places in Lebanon from the country’s capital.

The health centre provides services for about 1,700 people each month and for nearly 20,000 each year. An automobile would help increase the number of people who use these services to about 2,000 a month and 24,000 a year. The centre will continue to provide care for all those who have used its services earlier. The centre also offers care for about 30,000 refugees who are provided with vaccinations delivered whenever possible and whenever they are available.

About 5,000 to 7,000 people used the transport to the medical centre in one year. The automobile was also used to transport medicine and vaccinations to refugees located in Qaa and its surroundings.