The aim of the project is to support Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) in its intervention lessening the impact of the crisis on vulnerable communities (Syrian and host Lebanese) in remote areas near the Syrian borders and in the areas where the unregistered Syrian population reside in higher numbers, such as Tripoli and Beqaa Valley. Military conflicts and refugee influx in these areas are putting lot of pressure on LRC EMS stations and DMU branches. Frequent security skirmishes and military search operations are the norm. The relief activities will be targeting 1100 families living in informal tented settlements (ITS) in Akkar area near the Lebanon-Syrian northern border. These families have no direct access to the food market, in fact they are caught between Lebanese communities to the south and the Syrian border to the north. Cash Transfer Programming is not a modality that can be accessed by these communities. Therefore, NLRC and Swiss RC will be supporting the distribution of food parcels. The support from NLRC would cover monthly food distributions for 1100 HH for 24 months in Akkar. The support from NLRC further supports ambulance stations and blood transfusion centres run by LRC. The project will support two EMS stations; in Tripoli and Rachaya. Of all 46 EMS stations of LRCS, Tripoli is the most active one. The station is providing pre-hospital care for Lebanese and Syrians (251,299 Syrians are registered in the North of Lebanon as per September 2016). Rachaya station is located in a remote area near the southern Lebanon-Syrian border; LRCS is already implementing several disaster management (DM) activities in this area. NLRC has been supporting the Wadi Khaled EMS station since the beginning of the Syria Crisis. This project will continue supporting Wadi Khaled station in 2018. NLRC will support the LRCS DMU department in providing monthly food parcel distributions in Akkar area for 1100 families during two years. These families are living in informal tented settlements (ITS) near the Syrian border with almost no access to the local market. Therefore, these distributions are of great importance to the beneficiaries. In previous projects, NLRC supported the rehabilitation of Tripoli Blood Transfusion Centre (BTC). Following the LRCS strategy and in order to comply with Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) standards, all BTCs will have to undergo rehabilitation. Within this project the Saida BTC premises will be rehabilitated. LRCS’s local donors already provided an unfinished premises which will make the rehabilitation process more efficient.
The Safety and Security Unit has been supported by NLRC since its creation. The proposed project would continue this support. According to the Movement Coordination Agreement discussions, LRCS has been given the important lead in security management for the entire RCRC movement along with ICRC during times of crisis. Security management agreements will be signed between LRCS, IFRC and sister National Societies to ensure security management procedures are in place for all delegates in-country. In the communities of Rachaya, Tripoli, Wadi Khaled, Saida and the Akkar area in Lebanon.
Covering staff and running costs of ambulance stations, rehabilitation of blood transfusion centres, and food parcel distributions to provide Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities with access to pre-hospital health services as well as sustain in their needs through food distributions.
Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities