Improving the health conditions of the Syrian refugees with specific needs through the provision of basic health services (Emergency Response Fund)

Lebanon Map By December 2013, the number of refugees in Lebanon is projected to reach one million individuals, a figure equivalent to 25 per cent of the total population in a country that is experiencing debt to a ratio of over 180 per cent and with a land surface area of only 10,452 Km²

This dramatic increase in the demographics of Lebanon has put a tremendous and increasing pressure on the ability of the government, the Lebanese population, and the international community to respond to the crisis. It has also impacted negatively on the natural resources of the country such as the land, forests and water sources. The government of Lebanon recognizes the need to continue to provide protection and assistance to the people of Syria following their policy of “non-refoulement”. The risks associated to this crisis are multifaceted raging from national security risks to health, lack of shelter and protection. The vast majority of Syrians in Lebanon chose to settle in urban and rural areas with relatives, friends or in rented accommodations. Syrians in host communities are spreading all over the country but notably in the North and Beqaa. However, as a consequence of the increasing cost of renting and the scarce livelihood opportunities many are moving to the southern cities, such as Saida and Tyre.

Therefore, on the basis of the geographical distribution of displaced Syrians, of the assessed needs and the identified gaps in assistance, the project will target the area of Tripoli, Akkar, Beirut and Beqaa through the centers of arcenciel in Wadi Khaled, Halba, Jirs el Wati and Taaneyel.
arcenciel interviewing a disable women The targeted areas are characterized by the existence of numerous poverty pockets. Consequently, the absorption capacity of the host community is being stressed and brought to its limits by the arrival of Syrians and an already weak health system has been strained even more
The project implemented by FPSC and arcenciel aims at providing health services to under-resourced and outlying distant areas of Lebanon to the benefit Syrian refugees with special needs, with special focus on persons with disabilities and older persons. Persons with disabilities and older persons,  and more generally vulnerable persons, in these areas face a large number of constraints and they are rarely assisted with the help they would require. An approximate of 10 -12% of the expected refugee population (65,000 persons) is estimated to have some form of disability, yet humanitarian organizations will have to make a special focus and efforts to fulfill the needs of this target group with primary health care, prosthesis or orthesis and rehabilitative services. Despite capacity investments, services for physically and mentally disabled people and support for longer-term care will not be available in all areas of the country, in particular in the South and Akkar. Available equipment and materials (hearing and visual aids) are unlikely to meet needs, and rehabilitation centres will continue to lack skilled and trained staf FPSC has been working with arcenciel to the benefit of people with special needs, and more specifically persons with disabilities and older persons since 1994. The activities developed include assessments, education and provision of assistive devices to PwD in need. arcenciel counts with a total of 11 centers distributed throughout the Lebanese geography were they are currently providing services together with the Ministry of Social Affairs. With the founds received by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, the team counts with a mobility aids workshop and an orthopedic workshop in Beirut and Beqaa that already provide service of manufacturing, rehabilitating and adapting assistive devices. FPSC and arcenciel will use this experience to provide Syrian refugees with the assistance they need to enjoy a greater level of independence, freedom and self-reliance.

Services provided through the project:

  • Physiotherapy (sessions are carried out in arcenciel centers)
  • Speech-therapy (sessions are carried out in arcenciel centers in Jisr el Wati and Tanaïl).
  • Urgent dental care (consultations in Jisr el wati and Tanaïl).
  • Technical aids provision (could be delivered when needed)
A. category 1: Wheelchairs

B. category 2: Walkers, crutches, water mattresses, urine bags, anti-pressure cushions...
  • Prosthesis and ortho-prosthesis (assessment and follow up in arcenciel centers).
  • Chronic medication for older age persons.
Brochure wati.pdf

Jisr el Wati:
Av.Emile Lahoud, Jisr el Wati,
Tel: 961 1 564630.1.2.3
Fax: 961 1 587303

Hospital El Razzi Street,
Tel:  961 6 693030.2

Damas Street, Bekaa
Tel: 961 8 544881

Wadi Khaled:
Hospital El Razzi Street,
Tel:  961 6 693030.2

Administrative Office:
Name: Fundación Promoción Social de la Cultura (FPSC)
Address: Jamhoury Bldg., Hadath
Phone number: 05 955 867
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