Syrian refugees in Lebanon desperate for health care amid international apathy

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. 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.

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There is also a severe shortage of food and  2,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying from malnutrition, with over
half of these children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Between 5% and 10% of children under 5 years in Bekaa and north Lebanon suffer from acute malnutrition

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