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Disaster Relief

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Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

Critical Situation

The Syrian refugee influx is becoming a “time bomb” in Lebanon– politically, socially, and environmentally. 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

  • Civil war began in Syria in March 2011 and has caused an estimated 100,000 deaths so far - it 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 1.2MM Syrian refugees in need of assistance (registered and otherwise) as of February 2014.  
  • One in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee.
  • 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 and the December 2013 estimate for Syrian refugees has already been exceeded.
  • The refugee is expected to pay for 15% of costs.

Our medical teams are working in these Syrian refugee camps in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

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.
  • Through our relief program of mobile medical units, MTI provides direct medical services to maintain the health of the Syrian refugees in the settlements.  We have mobilized 11 medical teams and 20 volunteers to date, caring for more than 25,000 adults and children.
  • MTI is facilitating a community-based health education program to address the ongoing health care needs of the refugees; empowering settlement community volunteers to supplement the medical work of MTI by training them on disease prevention, malnutrition monitoring, importance of vaccinations, etc.

2014 Program

Disaster Relief for Syrian Refugees



Inside Refugee Camps where MTI is Working

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.

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