Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon

Addressing vulnerabilities of refugees and local communities in five countries affected by the Syrian crisis

05/03/2020 - 10:46
Public Health and Social Protection

The aim of the project is to support the health sector in Lebanon, in order to strengthen the health system and to help meet the basic health needs of both Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees.

Health DRC


Budget: € 49 million regionally (€ 7.8 million for Lebanon)
Location: Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq
Date of project: December 2016 - December 2020
Implementing Partner: Consortium led by Danish Red Cross and composed of several national Red Cross societies. In Lebanon: Lebanese Red Cross (supported mainly by the Dutch Red Cross) and Palestinian Red Crescent (supported mainly by Swedish Red Cross)

This programme is part of the support the European Union is providing to the health sector in Lebanon, in order to strengthen the health system and to help meet the basic health needs of both Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees. The European Union is supporting this project based on the belief that everyone in need in Lebanon should be able to access quality, affordable and accessible health services.

The project is implemented in Lebanon through a consortium of Red Cross/Red Crescent national societies from European and Middle East countries. This project is fully in line with the National Health Strategy objectives to increase access to health services for vulnerable Lebanese people as well as Syrian refugees, while strengthening healthcare institutions and enabling them to withstand the pressure caused by the increased demand on services and the scarcity of resources.


Health DRC


  • Support the wellbeing and autonomy of vulnerable Lebanese communities and refugees
  • Improve the health and psychosocial wellbeing of Lebanese communities and Syrian refugees 
  • Increase the general capacity to effectively prevent and manage risks (fires, disease outbreaks…) in Lebanon
  • Strengthen the capacities and enhance the capabilities of Red Cross Host National Societies to reach out to the most vulnerable communities in Lebanon
  • Merge existing initiatives to promote peaceful coexistence


Health DRC


  • Lebanese citizens and communities
  • Syrian refugees
  • Palestinian refugees


Health DRC


  • National ambulance dispatch service and pre-hospital care and support in case of medical emergencies run by the Lebanese Red Cross
  • Training of community team first responders
  • Health education activities
  • Medical service provided through mobile medical units
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services provided by the Red Crescent
  • Cleaning campaigns organised by the Palestinian Red Crescent
  • Blood bank organised by the Lebanese Red Cross



  • Improved access to quality health services
  • Improved hygiene habits among population and increased awareness about major public health risks
  • Enhanced collaboration between national branches of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent with relevant authorities and communities at local, regional and national levels
  • Enhanced central dispatch centre of the Lebanese Red Cross to improve call handling and dispatching capacity
  • More centralised Emergency Medical Service (EMS) management which allows the Red Cross to optimise response times and resource allocation
  • Assessment by experts from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch of the Lebanese Red Cross's dispatch centre, based on which the latter will be working on initiating the international accreditation process
  • Support to the Lebanese Red Cross centre's move and equipment provision. Support of dayshifts of volunteers responding to the calls
  • A total of 390,612 beneficiaries have been reached by December 2019. Among them, 303,064 are Lebanese, 81,464 are Syrian, and 6,082 of other nationalities


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