Contribution to UNHCR's RRP for Lebanon 2015/16
The overall aim of the UNHCR program in Lebanon is to improve the conditions for persons displaced from Syria by providing vital protection as well as access to humanitarian assistance and support services.
UNHCR aims to ensure and to improve support in the following areas:
Protection (e.g. through legal counselling, community outreach, child protection); Basic Assistance (e.g. through cash assistance, fuel vouchers); Shelter (through provision of shelter materials and maintenance tool kits to winter-proof sub-standard buildings); Water and Sanitation (e.g. by installing water wells or boreholes to and providing water to both Lebanese communities and Syrian refugees or disposal of latrine sludge); and Health (UNHCR supports primary health care consultations, addressing issues of child health, antenatal and chronic disease care as well as life-saving and obstetric care and financially supports Ministry of Public Health staff at primary health care centres, including nurses and midwifes).
The activities carried out by UNHCR benefit some 1.08 million Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR, as of 30 September 2015. They are living in over 1,750 locations across Lebanon. UNHCR is working with the Lebanese government, UN agencies and international and national organisations to address their needs.
A contribution from the Austrian government of EUR 824,000 could for instance support UNHCR’s activities for life-saving hospital care interventions (emergency and obstetric care) for some 1,780 Syrian refugees in Lebanon; on average, UNHCR is able to cover the amount of 500 USD per life-saving hospital intervention. Continued support to cover the costs of such treatment is essential to ensure the most vulnerable are not at increased risk of mortality.
UNHCR’s financial requirements to cover the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, as set out in the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan for Lebanon 2015/2016, have amounted to just over USD 471 million for 2015.
Upon the instruction of the Government of
Lebanon (GOL), registration has remained suspended towards the end of 2015. Syrians approaching UNHCR for protection
and assistance are counseled about the suspension of
registration, and have their basic bio-data and vulnerabilities
assessed so that their critical needs can be addressed by