Support for basic health care for Lebanese and Syrian people in the Hayye Sellom region, Lebanon. Health care centre activities and educational meetings
Why did we help in Lebanon?
Lebanon is a country with a long history of wars, tensions and internal conflicts. As a result of the war in Syria, Lebanon received about 1.5 million Syrians. It is among the countries that have received the highest number of refugees per capita. The medical care system and schools are overloaded and underfunded. It is estimated that since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, the socio-economic situation of about 61% of Lebanese people has deteriorated.
The health care service in Lebanon is struggling with a number of problems, which means that those who are particularly in need of care and attention have a limited access to medical services. The specificity of the Lebanese health care system is the dominance of private medical centres which are often inaccessible to people in need of special care. The Haye Sellom outpatient clinic is located in a poor district inhabited by Lebanese but also by Syrian refugees.
I was pleasantly surprised by the openness of the Lebanese who made their schools available to Syrian children in the afternoons.
How did we help in Lebanon?
In 2016, in cooperation with the Lebanese organisation Amel Association International, we supported the activities of a specialist health care centre for Lebanese and Syrian people living in the Hayye Sellom region (Mount Lebanon region) who suffered from the war in Syria.
Girls and women were provided with comprehensive perinatal care, and a paediatrician working in the health care centre took care of the youngest patients. Doctors provided over 13,000 medical consultations. More effective diagnostics was possible thanks to the purchased equipment and the financing of laboratory tests and X-ray.
We conducted 36 educational meetings, attended by 1,841 people. Social workers provided instruction on insect-borne diseases, causes of fever in children, breast cancer prevention and taking care of people suffering from diabetes.
The health care centre was supplied with medicines and medical and laboratory equipment necessary for its current operation. Each patient who was given a prescription could also obtain free medicines.
on healthy lifestyle
of blood and urine
to the Lebanese and Syrians
Lebanon 2016, photo: Polish Medical Mission
Who did we help?
We provide medical care for pregnant women and small children. In the Middle East, we help refugees in camps. Learn the stories of people we support around the world.
The tin gate is burning hot to the fingers; you instinctively take them away from its surface when entering the homestead. You can hear a cock crowing loud and three hens bustling about in a small henhouse hidden between bushes of hollyhocks, herbs and tomatoes. Someone took care to give them the best possible existence. From the tin container, a woman comes out dressed too warm from our perspective. The temperature is around 50°C. Hadra shows her home. The container has two chambers, with a shower and a washbasin behind the wall – installed by the Polish Medical Mission. She has lived here since 2014. Five years after she left home in Syria, it is now easier for her to talk about those events although it might only be illusion; maybe she has so much grown into one with her suffering that she accepts it as a part of her – she and her suffering are one. Hadra is most happy to talk about her plants; she smiles when she shows us the hollyhock flowers. However, when asked for it, she returns to those gloomy days. During the fighting in the Daraa area she lost her 20-year-old son; another one was wounded in the leg. Ahmed is standing next to his mother rolling up a trouser leg to show the scar left by the bullet while talking about his brother. Ahmed is the future. He has a wife and a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter; they all live in the adjacent container.
Who helped in Lebanon?
We are one of the few Polish non-governmental organizations that provide medical assistance. We help where the needs are the greatest. Our assistance is long-term – it brings permanent changes in the communities we support.
Polish Medical Mission
Project co-financed within the framework of the Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Amel Association International
Amel Association, active since 1979, runs medical, humanitarian and educational projects in the poorest regions of Lebanon. In 2016, the organisation was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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