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Assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese in Tripoli (Lebanon), May 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic’s public health impact and containment measures including nationwide lockdown have raised significant challenges for the humanitarian community in Tripoli (North Lebanon) to access vulnerable refugee and host communities to continue providing them with assistance and protection. Relief services have been drastically reduced and aid programs had to quickly adapt their modus operandi and re-adjust the method and/or type of activities delivered according to the needs expected and assessed. Meanwhile, the pandemic and its consequences are having a critical impact on vulnerable communities and families, limiting access to: basic services and goods, livelihoods, protection, health, education etc.

In order to meaningfully adapt to the crisis and adjust assistance to prioritize beneficiaries’ current needs and support their recovery without causing harm, SEED, together with its partner People in Need Slovakia (PIN-SK), conducted in the second half of April 2020 a multi-sectorial assessment aiming at capturing the impact of the pandemic, the confinement and containment measures primarily at household-level and, to a lesser extent, at community-level. SEED (Socio-Economic Enhancement and Development) is a National NGO based in Tripoli which aims to inspire and empower individuals and communities to fulfil their rights and create a safe, educated and prosperous society in Lebanon for all. The results of this assessment are being used to inform the organizations’ priorities and strategy for the coming months.

The purpose of this report is to document SEED/PIN-SK’s findings through the assessment and resultant recommendations in order to inform their programming, now and should the pandemic persist or other such epidemics occur. It is also hoped that this report will add to the evidence base for current and future responses to support vulnerable households in Tripoli and be of support to other relief actors in the short and medium term in their needs assessments, readjustment of activities and fund-raising efforts in order to meaningfully address the crisis in Tripoli, particularly given the exceptional socio-economic crisis Lebanon has been facing since October 2019.