1 Executive Summary
Lebanon is hosting at least one million Syrian refugees officially registered with the UN, many of them living in informal tented settlements and residential and non-residential buildings scattered around the country. Unfortunately, tented settlements and substandard buildings, due to their informality and spontaneity as they are built in an ad hoc manner, are at high risk of fire.
The Lebanese Red Cross continues to offer its humanitarian services throughout Lebanese territories through all of its centers, units, vehicles, volunteers, and workers. The Lebanese Red Cross managed in October 2016 to offer the following:
The Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Lebanon are working on ensuring transportation to the hospitals for the victims of the Syrian crisis who are arriving to Lebanon strictly within Lebanese boundaries.
Wounded Syrian are being rescued and transported by the Lebanese Red Cross ambulances and in cooperation with the ICRC from the Lebanese-Syrian border once they have crossed the international border into the Lebanese boundaries.
In an effort to support, relief, and rescue the sick and injured Syrians on the Lebanese border, the International Medical Corps (IMC) offered a donation to the Lebanese Red Cross, during a ceremony held at the Emergency Medical Center in Baabda attended by Mr. Colin Lee, Dr. Dimitrios Mojni, and Miss Joyce Halloumi as well as other representatives from the IMC, and from the Lebanese Red Cross attended the President Sheikh Sami Al Dahdah, the head of EMS Mrs. Rosy Bouloss, the director Mr. George Kettaneh and a number of paramedics.
Using examples provided by the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC), this case study demonstrates how crucial the application of the Fundamental Principles, in tandem with uniform strategies based on the Safer Access Framework, has been in making it safer for the LRC to provide emergency medical services throughout Lebanon – in circumstances complicated by armed conflict, internal disturbances and other emergencies, and by the existence of groups with a broad range of religious affiliations.
In the context of supporting the Emergency Medical Services in rescuing and relieving the injured and sick Syrians, the Lebanese Red Cross received emergency medical equipment as a donation from the Qatari Red Crescent during a ceremony held at the Emergency Medical Center in Baabda attended from the Qatari Red Crescent Dr. Amer Melhem the director of disaster management and Dr. Mohammad Al Safadi the medical coordinator, and from the Lebanese Red Cross President Sheikh Sami Al Dahdah, the head of the EMS Ms. Rosy Bouloss, the director Mr. George Kettaneh, and a number of paramedics.