It has been 10 years since the start of the Syrian uprisings and the country is still mired in a war that has displaced millions and killed hundreds of thousands.
Syria’s economy has deteriorated, pushing almost 80 percent of the country below the poverty line, according to the Red Cross. In addition to this the average food basket in Syria cost 247 per cent more in October 2020 than at the same time in 2019.
Muslim Aid has been implementing projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey for the past decade spending millions on heath care, emergency relief and now long term sustainable projects.
Most recently we have implemented Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.
Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees relative to its national population, where 1 in 5 people are a refugee. In Shebaa, Lebanon, and its suburbs /Arkoub region, mothers and children live with a poor health care system, including the absence of decent and basic maternal health services, lack of immunization, and inadequate hygiene facilities.
The unstable security situation on the border, alongside the lack of assistance, in a context of economic downturn of the country and the ongoing Syria crisis disables any kind of humanitarian relief in this region. This increases the competition and thus social tension between the displaced Syrians and Lebanese communities.
Mothers are lacking access to appropriate antenatal and postnatal care, and maternal deaths are occurring due to bleeding, high blood pressure and infections. Children also have great need for access to primary health care and this is lacking. The deficiency of access is leading to the increase of child/new-born mortality and morbidity.
Impact and outcomes:
Muslim Aid, through a maternal medical centre:
Direct = 2,950 (650 mothers and 2300 children), Indirect = 13,500