Health Care
  • This program is concerned with providing primary and secondary healthcare for Syrian refugees in Lebanon in order to meet the deficiency in health services provided to them, especially in the light of limited provisions by international organizations officially concerned with refugees’ health affairs as compared to the actual needs; not to mention the high costs of medical care and hospitalization in Lebanon, which cannot be met by the limited financial abilities of refugees. 
    Thus, the healthcare program is one of the most important programs launched by URDA, and it has an important share in its projects. It is also one of the programs launched since the establishment of the Union, as part of its pursuit to organize individual efforts to follow up on the sick and wounded Syrian refugees, through medical sub-committees working across Lebanon and affiliated with a central medical committee based in Beirut. 


  • 1.Patients File:
    This file covers the costs of medical operations and hospitalization for patients in hospitals contracted with URDA in cases of operations not covered by the UNHCR. Also, it covers the difference in costs of operations covered by the UNHCR as well as the costs of medical surgeries not covered by the UNHCR or other local organizations active in the field of medical care.

    In 2016, the health care program covered expenses of 12,835 hospitalization services for 1,677 patients in 36 hospitals contracted with URDA in different Lebanese regions. Services included the sponsorship of 408 surgeries, 10,675 kidney dialysis sessions for 174 patients suffering kidney failure and 1,759 blood transfusions for 179 thalassemia patients.
    2.Early Diagnosis Services File:
    This file covers costs of MRI, CT-Scan, X-Ray and others. In 2016, 687 services were provided within this file.
    3.Healthcare Facilities:
    These facilities are divided into 4 categories:
    a) Hospitals
    These so far include the Medical Center of Aarsal (MCA) which provides services to Syrian refugees and Aarsal residents through a specialized team comprising 40 employees. The hospital includes an emergency department, x-rays department, a laboratory in addition to patients’ residence and outpatient clinics, and it is equipped with an ambulance. 
    The hospital is the largest medical facility in Aarsal and is, thus, a major reference for data and statistics regarding health conditions in the area, especially in the light of limited number of medical NGOs working there. It also has quite an important role on the level of medical awareness. 
    In 2016, the Medical Center of Aarsal provided 231,322 medical services at an average of 19,276 services per month. Worth of mention is that the Medical Center of Aarsal has been ranked first regarding its medical services in Beqaa in 2016 by a UNHCR report.
    b) Medical Care Centers:
    These centers provide primary health care, mainly for Syrian refugees, and they are active in regions that include high number of refugees. They provide treatment and medicine, in addition to conducting studies regarding health conditions and medical needs of the refugees in the area of action in order to improve the general health conditions.
    Medical care centers have provided medical services for around 7000 patients.
    ⦿ Medical Village Clinic – Barelias 
    A licensed medical center comprising clinics that cover general health, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal and cardiac diseases, dentistry, general surgery and orthopedic surgery. It also has a pharmacy, and a department for physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation.
    The center is located in al-Awda Model Productive Village in Barelias where it provides treatment for a large number of residents in Central and West Beqaa.
    ⦿ Dar al-Wafaa Clinic – Aaramoun 
    A licensed medical center comprising clinics that cover general health, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal and cardiac diseases, ENT, dentistry, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and urology. The center also includes a department for physiotherapy and rehabilitation in addition to a pharmacy.
    Al-Wafaa Clinic is located in Aramoun, and it provides treatment for a large number of residents living in Beirut and Mount Lebanon governorates as well as Lebanese citizens and Palestinian refugees.
    ⦿ Al-Rawda Clinic – Beirut (Burj al-Barajneh): 
    A licensed medical center comprising clinics that cover general health, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal and cardiac diseases, ENT and dentistry. It also includes a laboratory and an operation room for natural childbirth. The clinic is located in an area overcrowded with Syrian and Palestinian refugees, and one among the poorest regions in Lebanon.
    c) Mobile Clinics 
    Mobile clinics aim at providing minimal healthcare for patients living in remote areas who are usually unable to reach primary healthcare centers despite their need, mainly because these centers are far from their area of residence and difficult to reach. Mobile clinics provide free physical examination and medicine for patients and spread awareness among refugees in the fields of general cleanliness and prevention of diseases, dental health, proper diets and the importance of vaccinations, especially for children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, and the basics of first aid. 
    The program currently operates a mobile clinic working in West and Central Beqaa, and the accumulative sum of beneficiaries who benefited from mobile clinics was 4,224 in 2016.
    d) Clinics Network: 
    In order to expand the circle of beneficiaries from medical care provided by URDA, URDA provides financial support for a network of clinics concerned with the treatment of Syrian refugees in different Lebanese areas in order to cover costs of check-ups, medicine and analyses for Syrian patients upon their visit to these clinics.
    The network includes 20 clinics, including Dar al-Wafaa and al-Rawda Clinics that are affiliated with URDA. The clinics were chosen according to a set of criteria that try to bridge the gap and sponsor the more needy patients. These clinics provided more than 9,830 services in 2016.
    4.Medicine and Medical Supplies File:
    Several huge projects were executed within this file to distribute medicine for needy patients through mobile clinics, hospitals and primary healthcare centers, in addition to many projects to cover part of the medical supplies for Syrian patients. 
    33,783 patients benefitted from the medicine and medical supplies project in 2016.
    5.Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centers:
    Physiotherapy and rehabilitation have become major medical branches given their increasing importance over the recent years as they help restore normal life as a part of treatment. Indeed, physiotherapy is used as a final stage in the treatment of the wounded and in many diseases including rheumatic diseases, bone diseases, diseases of the nerves, respiratory diseases, in addition to diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
    URDA Helathcare Program provides physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for needy Syrian refugees in the Medical Village in Barelias and Dar al-Wafaa Clinic in Aramoun. In 2016, both centers provided 671 physiotherapy sessions, mostly for wounded refugees coming from Syria.