Lebanon: Inter-Agency Update, December 2016 - January 2017 [EN/AR]

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Jan 2017 View Original

DECEMBER-JANUARY UPDATE

  • News from December and January
  • Launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017-2020
  • The mental hurdles Syrian refugees face in Lebanon
  • The trauma of exile: Alaa’s story

DEVELOPMENTS

Launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017-2020

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri together with UN Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini launched on 19 January the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017 – 2020. As the conflict in Syria approaches its seventh year, the Government of Lebanon and its national and international partners appealed for USD 2.8 billion to provide critical humanitarian assistance and protection to persons of concern as well as much needed investments in Lebanon’s public infrastructure, services and local economy in 2017. The Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) brings together more than 104 partners to assist 2.8 million highly vulnerable people living in Lebanon. It aims to provide protection and immediate assistance to 1.9 million individuals - including Syrian refugees, vulnerable Lebanese and Palestine refugees - deliver basic services to 2.2 million people, and to invest in the Lebanese infrastructure, economy and public institutions.

2016 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The complete findings of the 2016 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees (VASyR), conducted by UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) were published in December 2016.
The annual study found families had exhausted their limited resources, and were adapting to survive on the bare minimum, deploying harmful or asset-depleting coping mechanisms to survive. It showed that over one third of refugees were moderately to severely food insecure, a 12 per cent increase when compared to 2015. The share of households living below the poverty line remained at an alarming 71 percent.

The full report details a series of recommendations that will inform future humanitarian programming in Lebanon. It is available at: http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/download.php?id=12482 World Vision’s WASH Awareness Campaign

World Vision launched a media campaign in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley to raise awareness on water preservation, hygiene, the use of water meters and the benefits of subscribing to the Bekaa Water Establishment’s water network system.

World Vision’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project aims at enhancing basic infrastructure and economic recovery in Ablah and Taalabaya in central Bekaa, through improving the water supply network. The latter provides access to safe water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene services, which in turn helps reduce the risk of WASH-related diseases and mortalities.

The campaign highlighted the importance of frequent handwashing, and the benefits of installing water meters, the need to check water floaters, the economic use of a washing machine, as well as ways to limit the excessive consumption of water at car washes.