Disaster Response - MTI
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Disaster Relief

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Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

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.

A look inside: Syrian Refugee Camps

Flood of refugees

Civil war began in Syria in March 2011 and has caused an estimated 210,000 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 4 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. In Lebanon alone, UNHCR estimates there are over 1.3 million Syrian refugees in need of assistance (registered and otherwise).

The Lebanese government has resisted the formation of refugee camps for the Syrians to avoid placing the burden for care on the Lebanese government.


Did you know?

  • 1:800 = Dentist to population ration in Lebanon
  • One in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee

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There are tremendous gaps in support for the refugee population-- particularly in the health sector.


Preventing & Managing Disease

Medical Teams International's primary goal in Lebanon is health outreach. Basic health and dental care prevents and reduces the impact of disease on children, women, and men in the settlement. Additionally, we train community volunteers to provide household outreach and education complements ongoing health services at mobile medical units.

There is a major focus on the largely unmet need of chronic and preventable problems e.g. dental, cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes. Community Health Volunteers monitor chronic disease patients in their homes and provide families and communities with vital information on chronic disease recognition, management and disease prevention.

Additionally, dental care for children provides important developmental care and reduces serious health problems in the future.
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Our medical teams are working in these Syrian refugee camps in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

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$15 gives tooth care sets to 10 Syrian refugee children- preventing painful infections

$108 pays for an extraction/filling, helping a refugee child in chronic pain receive desperately-needed relief

$109 ​provides potentially life-saving non-communicable disease medication, treatment, or training



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