Eight years into the Syrian crisis and despite the strong national health response strategy, the MoPH PHC network is still at risk of not reaching the most in need population. The protracted emergency situation, with around 1.5 million displaced Syrians living in Lebanon, and the economic crisis are resulting in complex and fragile settings.
The Primary Health Centers system is fatigued and overwhelmed by the dramatic population increase, while the quality of care is yet challenged. Inequities elevated on crucial issues such as immunization, or access to quality antenatal care.
Considering these issues, the risks of malnutrition and disease for young mothers and their newborn children are significantly higher. The burden of these risks also affects the family’s lifestyle and opportunities, both in regards to employment and socially.
In Lebanon, vaccine-preventable disease prevalence has been minimal. Thus, certain sectors of the population rely on mop-up immunization campaigns, when risks are rising. The massive influx and presence of refugees being assisted through humanitarian aid in PHCs have diverted Lebanese communities from public services to attend private services.