The Project at a Glance:
Essential health services for Syrian Refugees – In Partnership with the Local Church
Location – Bekaa Valley, East Lebanon
Project Partner – MEDAIR
People Impacted – 267,000
Women and Children Impacted – 213,600
Total Project – $4,500,000
As of 2019, the Syrian Crisis entered it’s eight-year, and Lebanon remains at the forefront of one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. The Bekaa Valley has become the home of over one million Syrian refugees, of which 80% are women and children. The high influx of refugees has strained Lebanon’s political, economic and social stability, stretching basic services and systems. This has weakened the host communities’ capacity to respond to increased needs – especially in healthcare, water supply, and education. 37% of these refugees receive medical services from this project.
Global Affairs Canada’s humanitarian funding provides Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese with access to primary health care in the Ministry of Social Affairs six Social Development Center clinics and health behavior change through health promotion activities facilitated by community midwives and community health volunteers in the Bekaa Valley. The 36-month project is being implemented by Tearfund Canada and its partner Medair.
- Lack of access to health services
- Lack of education surrounding family planning and health practice
- Lack of Permanent residency
- High Debt
- Inability of public clinics to deliver medical services
- Lack of access to affordable housing
- Overcrowding of refugee settlements, contributing to disease and infection
- Widespread food insecurity
- High economic vulnerability
- Delivery of primary health care services to 267,000 refugees.
- Providing routine immunizations and malnutrition screening to at-risk children.
- Training up to five health professionals on non- communicable diseases and supporting up to 300 diseased patients in managing their illnesses.
- Improving ante-natal care, post-natal care, and reproductive health knowledge and services for up to 21,600 persons.
- Capacity building (through training and on-site coaching) for clinical staff on health management, maternal and child health care, and diagnosis and treatment of common diseases.
- Training up to 37 community health volunteers and social workers to deliver messaging on infant and young child feeding, family planning, immunizations, diseases and other health topics in clinics.
- Conducting health awareness-raising sessions for up to 90,000 beneficiaries
- Initiating regular women’s support groups to discuss key women’s and child’s health issues.
Our church-based partner:
MEDAIR, Tearfund’s on the ground partner, is a Christian international humanitarian organization that is driven by God’s love for the people. We are working with Medair to provide direct emergency relief to all people, regardless of religion, race, gender, age, or nationality. With MEDAIR, and with you, we are following Jesus where the need is greatest. This is where transformation begins!
How we work with the Local Church:
Tearfund works with local communities, national church relief and development arms and local churches. They are part of the largest social service network in the world! We recognize that sustainable solutions to poverty require whole-life transformations – physical, economic, emotional and spiritual.
Work Done in the Last Year:
- 2635 transportation vouchers were distributed
- 23,483 children under 5 screened for MUAC
- 4,349 women were visited by community midwives
- 88,340 people receiving hygiene messaging
- 3007 hygiene kits distributed
- 4588 baby kits distributed
- 20,476 people receiving primary health care assistance
Fleeing from Syria, Fathima and her husband uprooted the lives of them and their three children to find refuge in a tent of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. The years passed and despite all the hardships they faced, their family grew.
Giving birth to four children in Lebanon, Fatima was blessed by the clinic where she delivered happy and healthy babies. Even more so, she was blessed by Hanadi, one of MedAir’s community midwives who is an expectant mother herself.
Fatima is so thankful for MedAir’s support to her and her babies – both medically and spiritually! Hanadi has provided Fatima with breastfeeding advice and a hygiene kit, and has become a friend and mentor. She tells Fatima, “Be faithful that things will get better. God always has plans for us. Be Strong!”