Civil war inside Syria has killed thousands directly-- and forced millions to risk death as they flee for safety. 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.
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
- Monitor and prevent epidemic outbreaks of cholera, acute watery diarrhea, tuberculosis, and measles
- Decrease illness and reduce mortality of the Syrian refugees, especially women and children
- Provide a program of mobile medical units with direct medical services to maintain the health of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon
- Facilitate a community-based health education program to prevent disease or reduce the severity of disease of the refugee men, women and children in Lebanon
In Greece, MTI's work focuses on providing tools necessary to meet deadly strains in infrastructure facing refugees in registration camps. With 5,000 refugees arriving in Greece daily, and the volume of pregnant women, elderly and children increasing, poor hygiene and no money to afford basics like winter jackets and blankets, families are desperate for relief.
Without assistance, Greece, still reeling from recent economic crisis, is struggling to meet even the most basic needs of refugees. In some regions, 1,500+ refugees are living in camps designed for less than 300. With winter, poor sanitation access combined with freezing temperatures and rains spell disease and death.
- Improve hygiene conditions for women and babies temporarily living on the three Greek Islands of Chios, Samos and Kos
- Improve health and living conditions for refugees living on the Islands through medical and essential supplies