UNHCR Lebanon Health Update January 2014
Preliminary results of a joint nutritional assessment conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF, WFP and IOCC, showed that global acute malnutrition has increased slightly since 2012. While there was a higher incidence of malnutrition in the Bekaa, overall the results reflect a mild public health concern.
In January UNHCR rolled out a country-wide referral system for life-saving health care. Admistered by GlobeMed Lebanon (GML) refugees can now access a 24/7 hotline to facilitate referrals for life-saving emergency care in a network of 42 UNHCR-supported hospitals.
In collaboration with MOPH and WHO, treatment for Leishmaniasis was provided in a primary health care centre in Arsal this month, in addition to on-going case management offered in 11 governmental hospitals.
Mass information explaining availability of health services for refugees was disseminated in January via SMS, posters and brochures.