Lebanon Medical Life Center | Beirut , Lebanon

World Compassion Fellowship (WCF) launched two (2) Medical Life Centers late 2018 in Beirut and up north in early 2019.  In 2019, the Beirut Life Center treated more than 800 patients and our North Life Center treated more than 1100 patients.

Mission:

The WCF Life Center is a community medical center that provides affordable and subsidized primary medical care to war refugees and marginalized in partnership with local ministries that share the same heart and mission.

The Life Centers provide the following Medical Services to the refugees and marginalized:

Medical Services:

  • Primary medical care – such as women's health issues, pediatrics, perinatal care, infectious disease treatment and chronic illness management.
  • Subsidized medication, specialist referrals, laboratory, ultrasound and other services.
  • Health care seminars and promotion for the community.

Our Life Centers are all staffed with local professionals - Ob/Gyn, Family Doctors, Nephrologists, Social Workers and Nurses. 

Background

Since the Syrian Civil War crisis began in 2011, an estimated 5.6 million of its residents fled to neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq to live in refugee camps or informal settlements. In addition, more than 3.5 million Iraqis have been displaced since the start of 2014 when ISIS began a brutal sectarian war that engulfed the country. The humanitarian and medical needs of the refugees have overwhelmed the already poor healthcare systems in these countries.

Throughout the crisis, the levels of funding from international donors were erratic and far below the amounts required to meet the health needs of the refugees. Primary care had been partly subsidized by various NGOs, but this funding steadily has decreased year by year as the crisis prolongs.  It is also illegal for most refugees to work in the country. Day by day, refugees are depleting their savings and the healthcare and overall humanitarian crisis increases by the day.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following conditions are considered priority conditions that constitute a distinct health burden for the Syrian refugee population – anemia, diabetes, hypertension and mental health2. The transient nature of life in refugee camps and informal settings presents unique challenges that include unstable social and economic settings which are not conducive to provision of quality health care services. In light of these constraints, there is a need to address immediate primary and perinatal care needs of Syrian refugees.

WCF History in the Region

World Compassion Fellowship has treated more than 28,000 patients in 16 countries in our Mobile Medical Clinics since 2007. The Clinics provide primary care, treatment for infectious diseases such as malaria, treatment for acute and chronic conditions and other needed medical services. Our medical teams have also provided health care seminars and health promotion on relevant topics such as hygiene, nutrition, and wound care.  WCF has organized Mobile Medical Clinics in response to the War Crisis since 2013, but it has been active in the Middle East since its inception in 2007.

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