Inside Refugee Camps where MTI is Working
|The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: Medical Teams International Disaster Response |
|Critical Situation |
The Lebanese government and local and international agencies working in Lebanon are becoming overwhelmed by the Syrian crisis. Intense pressure has been exerted on all sectors of Lebanese society since the crisis began. The refugee situation has the potential of destabilizing the entire country and region.
|Key facts include: |
- Civil war inside Syria has caused an estimated 100,000 deaths so far, and is arguably the worst human disaster taking place in the world at this time
- According to the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) there currently is an estimated 2 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
- In Lebanon alone, UNHCR estimates there are over 730,000 Syrian refugees in need of assistance (registered and otherwise) as of July 2013.
- The Lebanese government has resisted the formation of refugee camps for the Syrians which would place the burden for care on the Lebanese government.
- There are tremendous gaps in support for the refugee population, particularly in the health sector.
- To access any relief services, Syrian refugees must register with the UNHCR.
- Registered refugees can access health care at hospitals that have a UNHCR agreement.
- The hospitals are overwhelmed with the patient load—the December 2013 estimate for Syrian refugees has already been exceeded.
- The refugee is expected to pay for 15% of costs.
Help from Medical Teams International
We are implementing a primary health care project to provide for the basic health needs of Syrian refugees who do not have access to health services. The goal of the project is to treat/decrease illness and reduce mortality of the Syrian refugees living in settlements in the Zahle area in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon.
To achieve this, we are:
- Through our relief program of mobile medical units, MTI provides direct medical services to maintain the health of the Syrian refugees in the settlements.
- MTI is facilitating a community-based health education program to address the ongoing health care needs of the refugees.
- Increasing access to medical and primary health care services for more than 1300 Syrian refugee families (an estimated 7,800 people) living in settlements in the Bekaa Valley.
- Preventing epidemic outbreaks of cholera, AWD (acute watery diarrhea), TB and measles in the settlements.
- Increasing health education in the targeted settlement communities over the project period by identifying community health workers (CHW) from within the community settlements who will be trained to monitor the health of women and children.
Syrian refugees: That's where I'm from, this is where I am now
You Can Help
In order to provide life-saving medical services to 7,800 Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, We are implementing a 12-month relief project to support in-country personnel, logistics, medicines, trainings, and volunteer medical teams.
Donate to Syrian Refugee Relief.