The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: Perspectives on Health: Informality and Coping Mechanisms

​The symposium The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon - Perspectives on Health: Informality and Coping Mechanisms, organized by AUB’s Refugee Health Program (RHP)-Global Health Institute (GHI), in collaboration with Action against Hunger (ACF), took place on September 17, at College Hall, AUB. FAFS faculty member and co-di​​​​rector of GHI, Dr. Lamis Jomaa was an organizer and moderator of the panel discussion: Reflection on Coping Strategies among Syrian Refugees and their Impact on Health.​

The symposium’s objective was to share with researchers and stakeholders the outcomes of two studies conducted by the RHP team and to exchange knowledge and perspectives regarding refugee health. The first study explored livelihood strategies, such as registration and the accompanying assistance and coping mechanisms, adopted by Syrian refugees in the Bekaa region. Panelists, moderated by Dr. Jomaa, included Chief of Health of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Director of ACF, Livelihoods Coordinator of UNDP and the refugee program manager from the Issam Fares Institute at AUB.

The second panel was moderated by Dr. Fouad Fouad and included President of the Lebanese Order of Nurses and representatives from the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Labor, and a local non-governmental organization serving refugee needs. This panel discussed the outcomes of the second study, which focused on the provision of informal health services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. 

In all, about 100 participants attended the symposium and included representatives from the government, United Nations, and other international and local humanitarian agencies.​