The crisis in Syria has created one of the largest refugee movements in the past two decades. In Lebanon, refugees now represent over a third of the country’s total population. Health services are struggling to cope with the huge influx of additional patients.
Under these circumstances older refugees often fall to the bottom of the list for overstretched clinics and are seldom prioritized in humanitarian programs. Joint research by HelpAge and Humanity and Inclusion found that 54% of older refugees in Lebanon and Jordan have a chronic health condition.
HelpAge has worked in Lebanon since 2013 to promote health and inclusion among Syrian refugees and host communities. Through support from the German government, World Diabetes Foundation, and UNOCHA, we provide healthcare to help older people manage their NCDs and cope with psychological distress. Services include medical consultations, laboratory tests, medication, and group counseling.
We work with a diverse range of partners from local organizations such as Amel Association, AlHadatha, and the Imam Sadr Foundation to international NGOs such as Humanity and Inclusion.
Another core part of the program is advocacy. We advocate for UN agencies, government ministries, and international NGOs to adopt inclusive practices in humanitarian programming. This includes the collection and analysis of data disaggregated by sex, age, and disability.
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