Lebanon is trying to cope with an influx of Syrian refugees. Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, it is estimated that more than 1.5 million Syrians and Palestinians have fled to Lebanon. They have since been trying to cope with urgent humanitarian and health needs.
The civil war in Syria is putting enormous pressure on neighboring states, including Lebanon, whose population is around four million people. Seven years after the outbreak of the conflict, most Syrian refugees are still dependent on humanitarian aid. There are no official refugee camps in the country, families are forced to live in improvised camps such as garages, farms, old schools or unfinished buildings.
Overcrowding, inadequate food, polluted water, and poor shelter have had a significant impact on the health of people forced from their homes and with no access to the necessary medical care. MAGNA health professionals provide free of charge the care interrupted by the war,, including treatment for such chronic diseases as diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma. Primary health care is provided in the Bekaa Valley, where approximately one third of the 500,000 refugees live in tent settlements.