Civil war inside Syria has caused an estimated 100,000 deaths so far. Estimates place over 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. 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 Lebanese government has resisted the formation of refugee camps for the Syrians because of the costs the government would incur. There are tremendous gaps in support for the refugee population, particularly in the health sector. Many refugees are unable to receive health care from Lebanese hospitals and clinics. Children and women (especially women of child bearing age) suffer most.
- Provide direct medical services to Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley who do not have access to health services
- Decrease illness and reduce mortality of the Syrian refugees there, especially women and children
- Provide a program of mobile medical units with direct medical services to maintain the health of the Syrian refugees
- Monitor and prevent epidemic outbreaks of cholera, acute watery diarrhea, tuberculosis, and measles
- Facilitate a community-based health education program to prevent disease or reduce the severity of disease of the refugee men, women and children