Since 2011, the Syrian crisis has displaced millions of people outside and inside the country. According to the UNHCR, over 6 million Syrians fled out to bordering countries. Lebanon has received 1.5 million displaced Syrians and is also hosting around 300.000 Palestinian refugees. The Lebanese population has grown up to 25% since the beginning of the Syrian crisis. This influx of population stresses a major pressure on Lebanese facilities, already weakened by a long-lasting internal crisis.
The pressure on the Lebanese government and local population is very high. Lebanon is currently going through a severe economic, social and political crisis, and counts among its population 1.5 million vulnerable Lebanese also in need of humanitarian support (LRCP)
Description of the mission
Première Urgence Internationale is present in Lebanon since 1996. The NGO mobilizes its teams to bring support to local populations and to address the refugees’ needs. The mission responds to the needs emerging from the protracted humanitarian crisis and chronic underdevelopment, with a diverse panel of activities ranging from emergency response to recovery, including, shelter, food security, health, water, hygiene, protection, livelihoods and rehabilitation sectors.
Première Urgence Internationale has developed a regional approach with an operational presence in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq in order to bring an emergency aid to the populations affected by this long-lasting humanitarian crisis. With an integrated approach the mission is currently leading activities in Beirut, in Mount Lebanon and in the districts of Tripoli, Saida and Jezzine. Première Urgence Internationale also intervenes in the Akkar, one of the most under-developed districts of the country and one of the main host area for Syrian families.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
In Lebanon, Première Urgence Internationale intervenes with an innovated health Project. The NGO is enhancing access to health services by supporting Primary Health Centers (PHCC) with the flat Fee Model to provide a fix subsided rate for consultation and diagnostic test (3,000 LBP) for most vulnerable. The mission also contributes to foster labor market access for Lebanese and Syrians through the provision of tailor trainings and individual counselling. Most Vulnerable Syrians in risk of eviction from their shelter are also supported through a variety of options according to their situation (cash for shelter or rehabilitation).
The mission also contributes to food security of host and refugees population by distributing electronic cards to beneficiaries who cash them within partner businesses
In Lebanon, Première Urgence Internationale keeps working to ensure equal access to health care
To help the Lebanese government face the COVID-19 epidemic, Première Urgence Internationale ensures the continuity of its services in the country, and recently started an additional emergency response, in close cooperation with other INGOs. During 45 days, the teams will be distributing personal protective equipment, setting up awareness training sessions, and support the setup of isolation centres.
Première Urgence Internationale provides shelter assistance to vulnerable families in Lebanon
In response to the Syrian crisis, Première Urgence Internationale intervenes in Akkar, one of the most under-developed governorate of Lebanon and main host area for Syrian families. The NGO supports host and refugees populations by providing shelter assistance, to avoid risks of eviction and improve their housing conditions. Here are the stories of some families supported.