Humanitarian Health Action

The Syrian crisis four years on: WHO's efforts in Lebanon

WHO's Judith Gysin and a representative of the Ministry of Public Health  listen to displaced Syrians' concerns. In the background is a Syrian refugee and her child, standing in front of some tents.
WHO 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.

heavy snow storm and cold weather risk for Syrian refugees

26 January 2015 -- A heavy storm swept through the country on 7 Janaury, with speedy winds, drops in temperature, heavy rain and snow on low altitudes, delaying flights and closing off roads in the mountains. Adding challenge for the over a million Syrian refugees living in tents in the country’s north and northeast. The cold weather risks include an increase in pneumonia and other respiratory infections. In addition, there is the ever present risk of waterborne diseases.

Resent health situation