Access to Healthcare by Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Access of Syrian Refugees to Healthcare:  Local data indicates that only 48% of Syrian refugees attended medical consultations and among these 51.14% indicated going to private clinics while 29% attended public hospitals. High healthcare expenditure is the most influential barrier to accessing healthcare for Syrian refugees (Amel, 2013; Chahada et al. 2013, UN, 2013).

Providers and Agencies Involved:  Many organizations are involved in providing financial, humanitarian, food and healthcare aid to Syrian refugees; however, there is poor coordination between them.  Regarding health response, UNHCR co-leads the health sector with WHO and the MoPH. UNHCR draws up its strategic plan for health at a national level in consultation with the MoPH. Foreign aid is far less than the amount needed to effectively respond to the health needs of the Syrian refugees. Almost all agencies involved in the relief of Syrian refugees suffer from lack of funding (UNHCR, 2013-b; UNICEF, 2013-b).