Contribution in Support of UNHCR Activities in Lebanon 2016
The overall goal of the program is to improve conditions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Specifically, the program aims to support the refugees with legal counselling, cash assistance, support in the areas of shelter, health, education and water /sanitation, as well as prevention of sexually and gender-based violence. In the health sector, the program aims to enable refugees to access and be able to afford primary health care, mental health services, and life-saving and obstetric care.
The total target group of UNHCR in Lebanon is some 1,5 million refugees who live in 1,750 locations across Lebanon, including: Beirut, Tripoli, Akkar, El Meden, Baabda, Kesrwane, Sahle and Sour. In terms of partners UNHCR is working with the Lebanese Government, other UN Agencies and international and national organizations such as INTERSOS Italy, Terre des Homme Italy, or International Medical Corps to address their needs.
The contribution of EUR 3,000,000 could for instance be used to support UNHCR's activities in secondary health care - including diagnosis and treatment, performed in hospitals -for some 6,700 Syrian refugees, i.e. this contribution would cover an estimated 7% of total requirements in this sector.
UNHCR provides up to 500 USD per patient and health care intervention. These health care interventions are, for instance, deliveries or life-saving interventions for patients with life-threatening diseases. It is expected that similar to 2015, 50% of referrals will be for deliveries and pregnancy-related complications.
With a national population of some 4 million, Lebanon today has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world. Its public services and infrastructure are now under severe strain. Many refugees are living in communities that are among the poorest in the country. In some places, refugees now outnumber the local residents. Refugee needs are innumerable and funding has never been enough to respond to all needs nor to address the negative impact of the Syria crisis, primarily manifested by the refugee presence, on Lebanon. UNHCR and its partners work to respond to the most critical need across all sectors. UNHCR's financial requirements to cover the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, as set out in the 3 RP for Lebanon 2016, amount to USD 453,208,765 for 2016.