Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Amnesty Int'l highlights plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 21/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) A severe shortfall in international support has left many Syrian refugees in Lebanon unable to access crucial medical care, according to a new report by Amnesty International Wednesday.

The human rights group warned that the situation is so desperate that in some cases refugees have resorted to returning to Syria to receive the treatment they need.

The report: "Agonizing Choices: Syrian refugees in need of health care in Lebanon," identifies some serious gaps in the level of medical services available to refugees.

In some cases Syrian refugees, including those requiring emergency treatment, have been turned away from hospitals.

"Hospital treatment and more specialized care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon is woefully insufficient, with the situation exacerbated by a massive shortage of international funding. Syrian refugees in Lebanon are suffering as a direct result of the international community's shameful failure to fully fund the UN relief programme in Lebanon," said Audrey Gaughran, Director of Global Thematic Issues at Amnesty International.

The UN has appealed for USD 1.7 billion for Lebanon in 2014, as part of a USD 4.2 billion UN appeal for Syrian refugees, yet only a pitiful 17 percent of the funds have so far been secured.

The health system in Lebanon is highly privatized and expensive, leaving many refugees reliant on care subsidized by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

However, due to a shortage of funds it has been forced to introduce a restrictive set of eligibility criteria for people in need of hospital treatment.

Even when refugees meet the tight criteria, most must pay 25 percent of the costs themselves.

Syrian refugees suffering from serious health conditions requiring hospital care or more complicated treatments often go untreated.

"Both the UN and refugees are facing agonizing choices," said Gaughran.

Many Syrian refugees living with cancer and other long-term illnesses are also unable to afford expensive treatments they require in Lebanon.

An increasing number of families face crippling debts due to mounting medical costs.

The report stressed the need that: "It's time for the international community to recognize the consequences of its failure to provide adequate assistance to refugees from the conflict in Syria." Meanwhile, Amnesty International recognizes that the influx of refugees has placed an overwhelming strain on Lebanon's resources, including health services.

However, it is also calling on the government to adopt a long- term strategy for coping with health care needs for the Syrian refugee population.

Lebanon is overburdened and under- resourced to sufficiently deal with the ever-growing Syrian refugee crisis.

There are currently more than one million registered refugees from Syria in Lebanon.

The number is expected to reach 1.5 million by the end of 2014 - which would be equivalent to a third of the country's pre-Syria war population.

 


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)




  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 27 2014 - Royal Commission in Jubail, Shell sign MoUMENAFN
(MENAFN) The Royal Commission in Jubail announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shell to cooperate on dealing with the technical and operational issues and challenges, which ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Qatar's investment in infrastructure projects hit USD200b in 10 yearsMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar is the second most attractive market in the world for investments in infrastructure, with the total of infrastructure investments reaching USD200 billion in the next 10 years, The ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Kuwait- Academic sheds light on 'efforts' to fight obesityArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) ROME Nov 22 (KUNA): Spouse of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Italy Dr Sara Al-Rugayan has shed light at an international conference held here on problem of obesity in Kuwait ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Kuwait helps young cancer patients in MexicoArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY Nov 20 (KUNA): Kuwaiti Ambassador to Mexico Johar Hayat announced on Thursday a $150000 help in the name of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Israeli decisions in Jerusalem are null and void, UNJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday night adopted six draft resolutions by recorded vote on the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East ...

 Nov 27 2014 - IAEA official: Jordan is first country to invite IAEA for INIRJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Alexander Bychkov has said Jordan was the first country to invite the IAEA for an Integrated ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Islam a 'religion' of peace Al-Ghanim tells Pope FrancisArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) VATICAN CITY Nov 26 (KUNA): Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Marzouk Al- Ghanim met here on Wednesday with Pope Francis and Vatican Prime Minister Pietro Parolin. Following ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Gulf police to spearhead security integrationArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY Nov 26 (KUNA): Everyone must do their part in curbing the spread of crimes especially drug smuggling in order to protect the youths who are considered the real ...

 Nov 27 2014 - US Embassy closed on ThanksgivingJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  The United States (US) Embassy in Jordan will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving and will resume operations on Sunday. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the last ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Border guards receive 63 Syrian refugeesJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency)  Border guards received 63 Syrian refugees over the past 24 hours including women, children and elderly people.The border guards provided first aid to the refugees ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help