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Overview of MSF Lebanon Response
Scaled down activities as acute emergency phase ends
August 30, 2006
There were two phases to MSF's emergency response as needs on the ground rapidly evolved. During the first phase of the emergency, charactized by ongoing fighting, bombings, and significant displacements of people, MSF's operations focused on three main activities:
After the cease-fire came into effect on August 14, the majority of displaced people were keen to return home. Two days after the beginning of the truce, most displaced persons centers were empty. In the second phase of its operations, MSF refocused its activities on:
Before and after the cease-fire, the majority of medical needs were addressed directly by Lebanese health structures, and MSF's work consisted mainly in supporting them. With the acute phase of the humanitarian emergency ending and many organizations arriving to help with the reconstruction, MSF has decided to scale down its activities. The organization will, however, continue to monitor the situation in case it deteriorates.
Throughout the conflict more than 60,000 displaced person in Lebanon and 3,500 refugees in Syria received relief items from MSF, including cooking and hygiene kits, mattresses, blankets, bed sheets, baby formulas, tents, etc. More than 300 tons of materials were sent to Beirut, including relief items, medical supplies (material for dialysis, medicines, surgical kits, etc.) and logistical materials (sanitation equipment, water bladders, etc.).
All MSF activities in Lebanon were financed through private funds.