26 Mar 2014
Syrian refugees in Lebanon
The ongoing conflict in Syria has caused close to one million people to flee to neighbouring Lebanon. In a country with a population of little over 4 million, this influx is threatening the already existing infrastructure, and putting enormous pressure on social services, such as healthcare.
In the region of Sahel Akkar, close to the Syrian border, the situation is particularly dire. Among the population of 35,000 Lebanese and close to 15,000 Syrians, more than 60 percent now live in poverty. Due to a lack of resources, most people in Sahel Akkar cannot afford to go to a doctor. The local health centre is overwhelmed and cannot meet demand.
What will UNDP do with your help?
With a budget of US$ 61,000, UNDP will improve the primary health care facility to ensure that members of the community will continue to receive affordable quality care, including vaccinations for children, women's health and awareness sessions on hygiene.
Life-saving equipment, including cardiograph machines and other medical material will be urgently bought and used to refurbish:
- The pediatric unit
- The gynecology unit
- The dental care unit
How can you help?
Improving the current medical facility will allow more than 1,000 of the poorest people in Sahel Akkar, as identified by the Ministry of Social Affairs, to receive free healthcare. An additional 10,000 people in the community will also benefit from subsidized services.
The center will be run by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the maintenance of the equipment will be undertaken by local staff with budget from the Ministry.