October 13, 2012
Working side by side with Red Cross volunteers in Tyre today, the team distributed the final 110 food kits and 110 hygiene kits to Syrian refugee families. In total, 600 food kits and 600 hygiene kits have been distributed providing aid to over 4000 people in need.
October 12, 2012
The RRT partnered with the Municipality of Tyre and the Red Cross distributed 240 Food kits and 240 hygiene kits to Syrian refugees today. Distributions will continue tomorrow to the final 110 families that have been identified and registered.
October 11, 2012
250 food kits and 250 hygiene kits were delivered to Syrian refugee families in Bej el Chamali today. Working through local partners and NGO's, 250 families were provided with greatly needed relief. GlobalMedic and local partners will continue the distributions tomorrow to reach an additional 350 families.
October 10, 2012
GlobalMedic’s RRT has delivered all 600 food kits and 600 hygiene kits to their final destinations. Tomorrow distributions will begin with Syrian refuge families that have been identified and registered by local municipalities and NGO’s.
October 9, 2012
GlobalMedic has partnered with Terre des homes Foundation (TDH) to distribute food and hygiene kits to Syrian refugees in South Lebanon. TDH has been working in these areas for many years and has a great relationship with local actors. Two areas have been identified including Tyre and Borj el Chamali where the teams will conduct distribution to families in need over the coming days. In total, approximately 4000 people will receive aid through these distributions.
October 8, 2012
GlobalMedic's Rapid Response Team has arrived in Lebanon to deliver an aid program targeting Syrian refugees. GlobalMedic's local partner for this program is Mines Advisory Group Lebanon (www.maginternational.org/lebanon). The teams will deliver 600 food kits and 600 hygiene kits over the next week to refugee families who have fled the current civil war in Syria. In total, the program will provide aid to approximately 4,000 refugees.
October 1, 2012
With the escalation of violence, the need for humanitarian assistance in conflict-ridden Syria is becoming increasingly acute. Most recent estimates by UN OCHA place the number of affected in Syria at over 2.5 million, with almost half of that number being internally displaced as people attempt to flee the constant violence. Many have been displaced several times. Schools and public buildings have become shelters for hundreds of thousands of people. Medical facilities, clean drinking water and food are all in short supply. According to UN Aid Chief Valerie Amos, over a million Syrians face complete destitution. Over 30,000 people have died since the conflict broke out 18 months ago and more than 310,000 Syrians have fled the country.
Even those who have migrated within Syria in an attempt to escape the rampant violence continue to be subjected to dire living conditions and suffer from severely limited access to any sort of healthcare facilities. The schools that host many of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are badly underequipped to care for the massive influx of people. Further, water and sanitation is a major concern for IDPs living in the camps. Medical supplies are gravely low.
GlobalMedic is in the process of deploying 600 food and hygiene kits into Lebanon to support the health of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict. Nutritious food and access to proper hygiene tools will be vital for maintaining the refugees' health and well-being.