Disaster Response - MTI

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Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon


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 200,000 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 3 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
  • In Lebanon alone, UNHCR estimates there are over 1 million Syrian refugees in need of assistance (registered and otherwise) as of January 2015.  
  • 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.

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

Project Goals

  • Improve and increase access to quality health care
  • Improve the health of children under age 5 by increasing access to vaccinations and growth monitoring
  • Improve the health of women of reproductive age by increasing access to maternal health and family planning services
  • Train volunteers to reach other families with basic health information and to monitor women/children health

Program Offerings

  • Community health outreach project to prevent and reduce the impact of disease on children, women, and men in the settlements.
  • Complement ongoing health services at mobile medical units by training community volunteers to provide household outreach and education.
  • Major focus on largely unmet need of chronic diseases e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes. Community Health Volunteers monitor MTI chronic disease patients in their homes and provide families and communities with vital information on chronic disease recognition, management and disease prevention.
  • Dental care for children


Ministry of Health
Heart for Lebanon

Inside Refugee Camps where MTI is Working

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