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Since April 2012, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has managed a chronic disease treatment program in Lebanon to meet the desperate needs of Syrian patients who no longer have access to treatment.

“Nearly 90 percent of our patients arrive with prior diagnoses of chronic disease—typically hypertension and diabetes,” says Dr. Wael Harb, MSF supervisory doctor in the Bekaa Valley. “The condition worsens quickly if they haven’t received treatment for weeks.”

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Three years of extremely violent war have ripped apart towns, villages, hospitals, clinics—everything that Syrians relied on for their existence.

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Amid violent sectarian clashes in Tripoli, MSF teams are providing medical services to people on both sides of the fighting.

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MSF is providing reproductive health care to Syrian refugees living in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

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The war in Syria and an influx of refugees flowing into Tripoli have created a host of health needs and exacerbated complex and often violent communal dynamics in Lebanon's second-largest city.

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“I’m deeply sad inside, but I need to appear strong in front of my family,” says a man called Mahmood while sitting in the narrow room he now shares with his wife and six-year-old son in the Ain el-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida, Lebanon. Until almost two months ago, he’d been living in another camp for Palestinians, this one in Damascus, but the conflict in Syria had made it impossible to stay.
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As the crisis in Syria continues to intensify, the humanitarian needs in Syria and in surrounding countries are increasing significantly.

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MSF has opened a new project in northern Lebanon following the arrival of 4,500 Syrians fleeing unrest in their country.

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Over the past two years, MSF has provided more than 8,000 mental health consultations to Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon's Burj el-Barajneh camp.

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On World Mental Health Day, MSF organized a theatrical performance in the Palestinian refugee camp of Burj el-Barajneh and an art exhibition in its Community Mental Health Center outside the camp.

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