WHO support to the humanitarian response in Lebanon
2016 -- Since 2011, Lebanon has received a massive influx of Syrian refugees. We now have about 1.5 million Syrian refugees spread throughout the country, and there is no single village in Lebanon that does not contain Syrian refugees. This represents a 30% increase in the population, and is the equivalent of 20 million refugees going to France. While 100 000 refugees across 28 Member States and among 500 million inhabitants in the European Union is considered a state of crisis, one can imagine the heavy burden on Lebanon and particularly on the health system.
The Syrian crisis four years on: WHO's efforts in Lebanon
Lebanon, a country with a total population of around 4.8 million, currently hosts more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees. This sudden increase in population has overstretched Lebanon's water, sanitation, housing and health care systems, with health implications for both refugees and the communities that host them.
WHO is working alongside the Ministry of Public Health and other partners to protect the health of all those who reside in Lebanon.