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31 Dec 2013 description

December developments

  • 11,173 individuals were assisted by UNHCR in primary health care (PHC) centres through IMC, Makhzoumi Foundation, Amel Association and IOCC.

  • 2,069 patients were supported with clinical and psycho-social consultations for mental health conditions by UNHCR through IMC and Restart.

  • To strengthen mental health services and referrals to the PHC level, trainings on psychological first aid (PFA) and mh-GAP were undertaken.

31 Dec 2013 description

NEEDS

Access to the health care system in Lebanon remains a challenge for the majority of those Syrian refugees and Lebanese returnees who cannot afford the fees. Some NGOs offer primary health care services free of charge, but the number of beneficiaries covered is limited. Other partners assist refugees with treatment costs; however many refugees are unable to afford the co-payment due to rising levels of poverty.

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Highlights

  • The global humanitarian response in 2014 aims to reach at least 52 million people with essential life-saving assistance in 17 affected countries.

  • There has been significant advance in reducing disaster risk in the region since the adoption, in 2005, of the International Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015.

31 Dec 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

Des enfants réfugiés syriens parlent de leur quotidien dans la vallée de la Bekaa maintenant que l’hiver s’est installé.

Par Salam Abdulmunem

31 Dec 2013 description

Overview

This consolidated price monitoring report provides an overview of the World Food Programme (WFP) price monitoring activities in Lebanon in support of the food voucher programme, in the months of August to December 2013. This report discusses price trends, the value of the WFP voucher and any impact of the WFP activities on local prices.

Highlights

  • The value of the WFP food basket was found to be US$ 31.54 as of December 2013.

30 Dec 2013 description

NEEDS

Refugees fleeing violence in Syria are in need of protection and assistance from their arrival in Lebanon at the border and throughout the length of their stay in the country. Syrian refugees are exposed to risks of protection violations during flight and asylum. While Lebanon has kept its border open to Syrian refugees, border practices became stricter as of August, especially for persons with damaged or invalid personal documentation. The Government of Lebanon has requested support in strengthening border processes.

30 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

29 décembre 2013 – Le Secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon fermement condamné dimanche l'attaque à la roquette lancée, ce matin, contre Israël depuis le Sud-Liban, exhortant toutes les parties à faire preuve de retenue.

Selon la Force intérimaire des Nations Unies au Liban (FINUL), peu après 7 heures, deux roquettes tirées depuis la zone générale d'El Khiam, dans le Sud- Liban, ont atterri près de Kiryat Shimona, une localité située dans le nord d'Israël. L'armée israélienne a riposté par 32 tirs d'artillerie.

30 Dec 2013 description

NEEDS

A recent World Bank-UN assessment estimates that the Syrian crisis has cost Lebanon billions of dollars in lost economic activity for the period 2012-14. Some 1 million Lebanese are already considered to live in poverty, with the assessment projecting that an additional 170,000 Lebanese may be pushed into poverty and up to 320,000 will become unemployed in 2014.

30 Dec 2013 description

NEEDS

As the 2013/2014 school year begins, there are approximately 280,000 Syrian 3-18 year old refugee children registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, and 20,000 Palestine children from Syria. Based on current projections, some 693,000 children (Syrians, Lebanese Returnees and Palestine children from Syria) are out of school and will be in need of schooling by the end of 2014.

30 Dec 2013 description

NEEDS

According to WASH assessments it is assumed that 27% of refugees and affected populations will be in need of water support, 29% in need of sanitation assistance and 80% will require hygiene promotion support by the end of the year.

30 Dec 2013 description

NEEDS

Most refugees arrive in Lebanon with almost no personal possessions and do not have the means to purchase essential items for cooking and eating, sleeping and moving around with dignity.

30 Dec 2013 description

NEEDS

Access to adequate shelter continues to be a major concern in Lebanon. The combination of increasing numbers of refugees, their dwindling resources and lack of sufficient shelter options has resulted in increased resort to informal settlements (IS) and to other sub-standard dwellings in garages, and worksites. Over 30% of the refugees live in uncertain and hazardous conditions.

30 Dec 2013 description

NEEDS

FOOD ASSISTANCE: The continued influx of refugees continues to put pressure on partner's capacity to meet the increased demand for resources. Security constraints continue to delay access to beneficiaries, especially in Tripoli and Wadi-Khaled. Lebanese returnees are only receiving limited support and limited assistance for host communities is leading to increasing inter-community tensions.

30 Dec 2013 description
report World Bank

Throughout history, countless songs and poems have celebrated Lebanon’s sweeping and picturesque landscape: snow-capped mountains overlooking a pristine Mediterranean, wandering rivers dividing bustling cities and towns, and mounds of colorful fruits and vegetables on fertile spring-fed lands.

27 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

27 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council and the top United Nations envoy in Lebanon have strongly condemned the car bombing in Beirut today that killed former minister Mohammad Chattah and at least five others, underlining the need to protect the country’s stability in the face of such terrorism and the crisis in neighbouring Syria.

26 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

27 décembre 2013 – De hauts fonctionnaires de l'ONU, ainsi que le Conseil de sécurité, ont condamné vendredi dans les termes les plus vigoureux l'attentat à la voiture piégée qui a tué ce matin, en plein cœur de Beyrouth, au moins six personnes, dont l'ancien ministre Mohamed Chatah.

26 Dec 2013 description

Background

• Rain started falling in November, and snow and extremely cold weather arrived in December. These conditions will now continue through March and into April in some places.

• Some 840,000 refugees are dispersed in over 1,500 locations throughout Lebanon, with the majority (over 64%) in North Lebanon and the Bekaa. These two parts of the country experience harsh conditions with lower temperatures and snow in the mountainous parts (including the entire Bekaa Valley, which lies above 500 meters).