Lebanon

Training refugee volunteers to improve the health of Syrians in refugee settlements.
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Syrian refugees in Lebanon continue to face significant challenges due to their inability to work or move freely throughout the country. As a result, our strategy is to meet families where they are — providing care for those suffering from serious health conditions.

Syrian Refugees Stuck Without Medical Care

Years of war in Syria has had a huge impact on the entire region. Millions of refugees have fled the country in search of safety. In neighboring Lebanon, more than a quarter of the country’s population are Syrian refugees.

Host countries like Lebanon try to care for Syrian refugees, but can’t absorb such immense numbers. Your support improves health in informal refugee settlements, relieving pressure on the local health system. To improve health in these areas, we rely on trained Refugee Outreach Volunteers.

Training Refugee Volunteers as Health Workers

Medical Teams is improving the health of the Syrian refugee community through a network of refugee volunteers in informal settlements in the Bekaa Valley. Refugee Outreach Volunteers teach their neighbors how to stay healthy. They gather community members for informational sessions on issues like mental health, breast cancer and COVID-19. They check on people with chronic diseases.

During a pandemic like COVID-19, they share up-to-date information on how to stay safe and when to seek help. They act as the “eyes and ears” of the community. When someone is sick, refugee volunteers are the ones called to help. The volunteers act as a bridge, connecting sick people to the right medical providers.

Access to health services will continue to be a significant challenge for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. We are committed to building effective and sustainable health systems to address these needs and bring healing to people in crisis.

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