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Syrian refugees in Lebanon find it hard to access healthcare, says charity

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f869 (Published 08 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f869
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

About half of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are not getting the medical care they need, the charity Médecins Sans Frontières has said.

The medical charity conducted a survey of refugees from 2124 households in the Bekaa Valley region and the cities of Saida and Tripoli, who have fled the fighting in Syria.1

The charity found that more than half of all interviewees (52%) could not afford treatment for chronic diseases and that nearly a third have had to suspend treatment because it was too expensive.

It has warned that the humanitarian situation was deteriorating. A similar survey it carried out in June found that 19% of interviewees could not afford medical treatment for chronic diseases and that 40% said that high costs and insecurity meant that they could not access hospital treatment.

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