Meet Lubna, a 26-year-old Syrian whose extraordinary life led her to help fellow refugees
Strain from huge refugee population
A million refugees|Health care needs|Skills shortage
As the conflict in Syria continues, the number of refugees travelling to neighbouring countries to escape the violence and insecurity has reached unsustainable levels, with more than one million seeking refuge in Lebanon.
Lebanon now has the highest per capita concentration of refugees anywhere in the world and for a small country beset by internal difficulties, the impact is staggering. International Medical Corps provides primary health care, community health education and mental health support to refugees and the Lebanese population. In addition, we work with Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese young people to provide the psychosocial support they need to come to terms with their lives as refugees.
We are working with the Government and United Nations to provide long-term assistance to Lebanon to ensure that country’s health system is not entirely overwhelmed by the influx of Syrian refugees.
Primary and secondary health care: We currently support 45 health centres that provide accessible, effective and affordable medical care to Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi refugees and Lebanese people in regions with the highest density of refugees. The focus is on keeping people healthy through routine physical examinations, antenatal care, immunisations, referrals and family planning. International Medical Corps also operates nine mobile medical units to reach remote areas. Since early 2013, International Medical Corps has provided over 300,000 primary health care consultations and reached over 680,000 Syrian refugees with health awareness sessions.
Mental health: International Medical Corps has provided mental health support in Lebanon since 2006 when we set up child-friendly spaces to provide children traumatised by war with a secure place to play. Following the influx of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, we expanded our services by training doctors and nurses to diagnose and treat moderate cases of mental illness and established mobile mental health services.
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