Syria crisis: Helping refugees in Lebanon Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission

22/08/2012

Syria crisis: Helping refugees in Lebanon

At present, more than 500 Syrian patients – thereof about 200 children – receive regular treatment in the medical centre in Khaldieh.At present, more than 500 Syrian patients - thereof about 200 children - receive regular treatment in the medical centre in Khaldieh. (Photo: Krogmann/Malteser International)

Malteser International gives 50,000 euros to medical centre near Tripoli

The clinic staff supported by voluntary doctors treat the Syrian patients free of charge.

The clinic staff supported by voluntary doctors treat the Syrian patients free of charge.

In view of the increasing number of Syrian families fleeing to the Lebanon, Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, gives 50,000 euros out of donations to a medical centre near Tripoli to support the basic health care for the refugees from Syria. The medical centre which is run by Antonine Sisters at present cares for more than 500 Syrian refugees – about 200 children, 300 adult women and men and about 30 elderly people. Many refugees – especially children – have a temperature of suffer from diarrhoeal diseases; women come for prenatal and postnatal care and bring their children for vaccination.

„The war in Syria forces women, children and men to cross the borders. In Lebanon, they receive medical treatment. Many of them also need psychosocial assistance as they are traumatised“, says Ingo Radtke, Secretary General of Malteser International.

The medical centre of the Lebanese Association of the Order of Malta in Kahldieh – about 40 kilometres from Tripoli – provides basic health care for the region of Zgharta. Last year, about 35,000 patients received 42,000 medical treatments. For several months already, a continuously increasing number of Syrian patients – at present 80 to 100 per day – have been coming to the medical centre, too. The medical staff of the centre is supported by voluntary doctors holding surgeries for the refugees. Whereas a treatment normally costs up to 5 US dollars, the refugees are treated free of charge. For further laboratory investigations or inpatient treatments, the refugees have to be referred to the hospital in Zgharta. There, all costs have to be born by the refugees; a delivery – for example – costs more than 200 US dollars.

The refugees do not dispose of the necessary financial means in order to pay for a medical treatment or even a hospitalisation. Therefore, the medical centre in Khaldieh tries to help them with limited means, for example by reducing the costs for medicine. However, it becomes difficult in case of services provided by third parties, e.g. laboratory investigations.

Many refugees have a temperature or suffer from diarrhoael diseases; women come for prenatal and postnatal care.

Many refugees have a temperature or suffer from diarrhoael diseases; women come for prenatal and postnatal care.

For six weeks already, Malteser International has also been supporting internally displaced persons in Syria’s capital Damascus. 1,200 families who have fled to the capital receive start-up and hygiene kits containing blankets, kitchen utensils, soap and diapers. The relief goods are distributed by Malteser International’s long-time partner organisation „International Blue Crescent“; the emergency response in Damascus is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

According to the latest estimates, there are more than 1.5 million IDPs inside Syria. According to UNHCR, more than 155,000 Syrian people – about 75 per cent are women and children – have fled to the neighbouring countries Iraq, Turkey, Jordania and Lebanon since April 2012. In addition, there probably is a similar number of Syrian refugees who have not (yet) been registered officially. The majority of the Syrian refugees has found accommodation with relatives or friends in private houses in the poorer regions of the country near the border; others have taken refuge in schools or other public buildings.


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