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Stabilization of the humanitraian sytuation of Syrian refugees in Akkar through provision of shelter assistance and acess to basic health care

The years 2011 – 2014 saw a massive influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon, 1.2 – 1.5 million in all. The rapid population growth had a number of political, social and economic consequences such as:

  • rising unemployment and falling wages among the Lebanese,
  • rising number of patients in hospitals and health centres – even by 100% in some locations in Akkar province,
  • increasing number of children at schools,
  • breakdown of the system of community services such as water supply, sewage and solid waste disposal and electric energy supply due to the population doubling in number over 2-3 years,
  • increasing  rents, even by 400% for flats of the lowest standard (in 2014-2017, rents fell by about 25% due to new housing units and flats entering the market, built specifically for refugees, but they remain three times as high as in 2011, before the first wave of refugees came in).

Stabilization of the humanitraian sytuation of Syrian refugees in Akkar through provision of shelter assistance and acess to basic health care

The project aims to further stabilise the humanitarian situation of the Syrian refugees living in the Lebanese province of Akkar and in the neighbouring regions and to develop mechanisms that will help to phase out humanitarian aid and phase in employment support for refugees. Under the project, the refugees will be provided with shelter, improved basic health care and more medical services that will be available free-of-charge from a stationary health care centre in Bire and a mobile clinic that provides medical care to the inhabitants of illegal tent camps and refugee groups living some distance away. Measures the aim of which is to overcome the increasing poverty of the Syrian refugees will include relief aid and a public works pilot programme implemented in collaboration with the local authorities. The programme will be addressed to those refugees who will not be receiving relief aid.