Health Services for Syrian Refugees and Host Families
According to a recent survey by the UN Refugee Agency and World Food Program, three-quarters of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon live on less than $4 US dollars a day. The report states, “Seven years into the crisis, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are finding it even more difficult to make ends meet and are more reliant than ever on international aid – amid an uncertain outlook for humanitarian funding in 2018.”
Prior to launching our efforts inside Syria, Mercy-USA had been assisting Syrian refugees in Turkey and Lebanon since June 2011. Currently, Mercy-USA is assisting refugees in Wadi Khalid an already impoverished area of Lebanon bordering Syria. This region, now reeling with an influx of thousands of Syrian refugees, lacks modern or adequate medical services, and the refugee crisis has strained the health service infrastructure beyond its capacity. Mercy-USA is addressing this serious threat to the health and well-being of these refugees and their host communities.
Since February 2012, Mercy-USA has supported a mobile medical unit that travels four days per week to villages in Wadi Khalid where local families are hosting Syrian refugees. This modern mobile clinic provides disease-preventing vaccines, pre- and post-natal care, and regular medical exams.