The displacement process of Syrian refugees to Lebanon has started with the beginning of the Syrian crisis in march 2011.
According to the UNHCR, the official number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached more than 1.500.000 people by the end of 2014, representing the third of the national population.
The Order of Malta Lebanon has been attending to Syrian Refugees since August 2011, by:
A. Providing medical consultations and medicines for free in all its Socio-Medical Centers
B. Distributing humanitarian kits in its Socio-Medical Centers located in proximity of the most concentrated areas of Syrian refugees, in partnership with Malteser International, namely in Kefraya (Beqaa), Barqa (Beqaa), Khaldieh (North) and Kobayat (North), in collaboartion with Malteser International. These kits are mainly composed of: Basic food, hygienic and sanitary products, baby products (drinking water, diapers and wipes), mattresses, sheets, covers, clothes for children, etc...
C. Implementing a Mobile Medical Unit in the Northern border region of Wadi Khaled, in partnership with Malteser International. The project started in March 2014 with on-site activities launched in September 2014. It is affiliated to our Primary Health Care Center and the Antonine Sisters Hospital, both in Kobayat.
The clinic has been chosen to be mobile in this area in order to treat both the local, which is one of the poorest in the country as well as the syrian refugees population and the host communities, it covers 10 surrounding villages and achieves an average of 1.200 medical acts per month.
It provides services not covered by any other organization in this area.
The assistance to Syrian refugees is still ongoing as new projects are currently under study mainly in the regions of the North and the Beqaa.