Relief International, with support from UNICEF, provided health and nutrition services to Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in Lebanon. With the majority of Syrian refugees living in informal settlements, this program’s five mobile medical units and community nutrition teams allowed RI to reach more people in isolated areas.
The main focus of this program, which ran from November 2013 to February 2016, was to provide primary health care to children under five and to pregnant and lactating women. Services included vaccination and malnutrition management to curb the long-term effects on children of an unhealthy pregnancy and nutritional deprivation in early childhood. RI staff also trained mothers to recognize and reduce malnutrition and diarrheal disease on their own.
The program reached nearly 400,000 beneficiaries in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, North Lebanon, Akkar and West Bekaa from November 2013 to February 2016.