After 7 years of conflict due to the Syrian Civil war the United Nations have identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, more than 6 million which are internally displaced and around 5 million who are refugees outside of Syria. This has resulted in 1.5 MILLION Syrian Refugees living in Lebanon, amounting to more than a quarter of the population, the highest number of refugees per capita in the world.
The influx of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon has created a huge strain on the Lebanese economy resulting in a lack of resources to provide adequate health care, schooling and basic needs for Syrian refugees.
Most Syrian refugees in Lebanon live outside of camps in urban centers and informal shelters. These unsponsored shelters combined with the strain on the Lebanese economy makes it increasingly difficult for Syrian Refugees to have access to Health Care which is why we have partnered with URDA, Union of Relief and Development Associations, to provide free medical care for Syrian refugees in permanent, semi-permanent and mobile clinics primarily in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
Our first mission occurred in October 2018 as a data collection and needs assessment on children with congenital and non-congenital diseases in the ARSAL camp. The team profiled 1500 refugee children under 12 years of age to diagnose pediatric diseases and congenital malformations with the end goal of being able to provide care.
Our second mission occurred simultaneously in Mazboud, Mount Lebanon which is located in the Chouf district, 50 minutes south of Beirut. In partnership with ACA (The Awareness and Consolation Association) and the Iklim Health Foundation Central Hospital, a team of Chicago-based volunteers provided cardiac care to Syrian refugees and underserved Lebanese people.In addition to providing care, the team supplied a years worth of medication to those who received a coronary stent.
MedGlobal plans to send follow up missions to Lebanon in 2019, with a focus on primary and pediatric care. Interested volunteers can apply to the volunteer pool at the link below. Future missions will be announced via email.