PROJECTS IN LEBANON
1976 - 2008
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began working in Lebanon in 1976 in response to the civil war, sending medical teams to the south of the country and Beirut. This was MSF’s first mission in a warzone. Ensuring access to free, good quality healthcare has remained MSF’s main mission in Lebanon since 2008. People in Lebanon continue to face a near total collapse of their country’s economy and healthcare system.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic added to the struggle of the population in Lebanon. After a relatively successful containment in the early months of the year, the virus ended up spreading exponentially. This pushed the country into total lockdown, which further aggravated people’s economic woes, and overwhelmed the health-care system.
During the year, MSF continued to provide high-quality medical care in specific health sectors to those vulnerable in the country such as non-communicable diseases (NCD), mental healthcare, and sexual and reproductive health services, vaccination, paediatric care as well as treatment for children with thalassemia. MSF also provides maternity services for pregnant women.