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Our concerns

MedicalVulnerable people groups
More than a quarter of Lebanon’s population is made up of refugees, as many people fled Syria to Lebanon. Many of these people face barriers to accessing healthcare, exacerbated by an increasingly strained public health system. 

Our responses

MedicalSupporting vulnerable populations
We have been visiting nursing homes, prisons and other vulnerable areas to conduct vaccination activities.  

MedicalProviding essentials
MSF has installed several water tanks in refugee camps in the Beirut and South Lebanon area. Our team also distributed 600 hygiene kits to reinforce infection prevention measures. 

MedicalMSF-run healthcare facilities
The MSF hospital in Bar Elias has been adapted to treat COVID-19 patients needing hospitalisation.

MedicalSupporting health authorities
MSF has supported the Ministry of Public Health with its vaccine rollout by opening two vaccination centres and organising a vaccination drive for migrant workers. 

MedicalTesting and triage
MSF is supporting the Elias Hraoui Government Hospital in the Bekaa Valley with triage and screening of children. In addition, our mobile teams are assisting with home isolation assessments and follow-up in the Valley and Tripoli.

MedicalCommunity education
We have established health promotion teams to combat vaccine hesitancy by informing the wider community about the COVID-19 vaccine, and where the community can be vaccinated. 


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With 50 years of experience fighting epidemics, we’re committed to protecting the most vulnerable and saving lives.

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Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been working in Lebanon since 1976, when we began our response to the 15 year civil war. MSF is present across Lebanon and continues to provide Syrian refugees and vulnerable local communities free, high quality primary healthcare.

Home to approximately 6 million people, more than a quarter of Lebanon’s population is now made up of refugees. This influx of people has put immense strain on the country’s economy and infrastructure and this is particularly felt in the health sector. Lebanon's national services, such as education, housing, water and electricity are suffering from a lack of investment and the pressure of providing for a growing population with such specific needs.

Healthcare for refugees living in Lebanon

Despite the efforts of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health in supporting primary and secondary healthcare for refugees, the cost of consultations, laboratory tests, and medication remains a barrier for a significant number of refugees.

More than 1.5 million Syrians have fled into Lebanon since the conflict began in 2011, making Lebanon and Jordan the countries hosting the largest proportion of refugees in the world.

Our teams provide treatment for acute and chronic diseases, sexual and reproductive healthcare, mental health support and health promotion activities. MSF also operates a home-based care program for patients with chronic diseases who suffer from mobility problems.

MSF expanded its services to offer secondary and tertiary care with the opening of a paediatric unit in a government hospital in 2017. Teams also run mother and child health centres across the country, for vulnerable communities of various nationalities, including largely Palestinian and Syrian refugees. 

Lebanon - Syrian refugees, Misery beyond the war zone

MSF runs three primary healthcare centres in Tripoli and Akkar governorates and a dedicated mental health program in three centres, targeting vulnerable Syrians and Lebanese.

In October 2017, MSF implemented a water and sanitation program in informal tente settlements in a number of villages in Akkar that are not assisted by other humanitarian organisations. 

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