There are about 1.2 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, which make about 25% of the population, most of them are in the poorest host communities, and the majority of Syrian refugees are in “Bekaa” and north regions such as “Akkar”, “Bekaa”, and especially “Ersal”, which mainly suffers from a lack of services and greater disability rates.
The large influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, due to the escalation of the Syrian conflict, has imposed great pressures and burdens on the health care system in Lebanon, as this sector witness significant gaps, especially in terms of coverage, which leaves hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees deprived of basic health care services,
According to the strategic directives of the Lebanese health system and the experience of the first phase of the project, which funded by “KS Relief”, reinforces the need to increase access to free health services, and with the increase in the number of beneficiaries from the previous project, it was planned to meet the health need and reach a greater number of beneficiaries and wider services through renewal Project activity and continuing activities of other projects that contribute to enhancing primary and secondary health care services with higher quality through free health services.
The idea of the health care project in Ersal revolves around the center’s support for primary and secondary health care in a needy region in light of the gaps in the work of the UN organizations and the great pressure on the Lebanese government so that it is in accordance with the standards of the world health organization and the Lebanese Ministry of health so that these services are provided free of charge with linking the health services provided to an informational and technical health system that ensures sustainable follow-up and a clear referral system, with an administrative system that ensures the progress of the desired medical goals in line with the administrative and technical normative goals.
The project also ensures participation in the routine vaccination campaigns approved by the world health organization and the Lebanese ministry of health through the project’s staff technically and through community awareness and public health awareness through community health personnel on issues of public hygiene and public health to avoid any infectious diseases such as diseases related to public hygiene (lice and Try) and communicable diseases such as diarrhea, and the necessity to review health centers in case any health support is needed, as well as nutrition education by educating parents about healthy eating methods and the need to deal with cases of growth hormones deficiency and cases that need nutritional support, and psychological support through group and individual sessions to support the psychological state of refugees and the host community, and work on programs to integrate immigrant communities with host societies, as well as provide the necessary psychological support for children with physical and sensory disabilities and assist them in reaching specialized centers to obtain the necessary medical needs.
The project also includes a mobile team that tracks cases of Coronavirus in refugee camps, as well as conducting surveys and awareness about prevention methods. The health care project in Ersal will also include the provision of specialized clinics services, laboratory analyzes, x-rays, and vaccination services, as well as free medicine for all beneficiaries of the center’s services, in addition to community and psychological health services.