Entering its 10th year in 2021, the Syrian crisis remains one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.
Lebanon, a small country of five million, is host to over 1.5 million Syrian refugees.
Bekaa Valley has become home to 37% of them, 80% of whom are women and children.
The influx of refugees, coupled with economic, political, and social instability, has strained Lebanon’s capacity to care for all of these refugees. Through Tearfund and our partners, your gifts will help provide much-needed medical care to thousands.
Together with Global Affairs Canada and Medair, Tearfund is providing Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese with access to primary health care in the Bekaa Valley.
Emergency health in Bekaa
Syrian refugees, along with vulnerable Lebanese, lack access to primary healthcare. Mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, women’s health issues, and chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are significant issues within refugee camps.
Lebanon lacks access to health services and education surrounding maternal health. COVID-19 and the Beirut explosion have magnified Lebanon’s economic and political challenges. An increasing number of attempts to target Syrian refugees has exposed families to a greater risk of exploitation (including child labour) and poverty.
This project will equip and staff community development centers (clinics) to better serve Syrian refugees. Over 200 health care providers will be trained in subjects such as disease management, medical guidelines, pharmacy management, and health education. Primary care will be provided to refugees, focusing on maternal and pediatric health, health nutrition, and chronic illnesses.
- Location: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
- Timeframe: September 2020 – March 2022
- Project Budget: $4,500,000
Through Tearfund, you will improve health care access and service for 244,000 people, focusing on providing essential health services to the most vulnerable. You will provide 55,000 women with pre- and postnatal care and well as expand vaccination efforts to 19,200 children during the project.
Stories of Transformation
Help is not far away
Najwa, 40, relies on Medair’s supported clinics to provide health care for her and her children. Her youngest daughter Serine, was suffering from an infection in her foot. “During the night, to calm her while holding her, I kept whispering ‘Help is not far away’ in her ear, because I knew the health clinic was an option,” says Najwa.
One big healthy family
“We came to Lebanon five years ago, escaping the tragic events that happened in our beloved Syria. I have a big family and already lost my oldest son in the war. I don’t want to lose anyone else,” says Fatima. “The only help we get is from my 17-year-old son and a little from the organizations.”
A shorter walk
Wasifa used to travel 45-60 minutes from her small village to the city hospital for diabetes testing… but often they wouldn’t even carry the correct medication she needed. So when Tearfund’s partner opened a clinic just 10 minutes away, she was overjoyed.