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Skin health in the Bekaa Valley (Lebanon)

This project is a collaboration between the Migrant Health's Dermatology Working Group of the ILDS/IDF and B2H&R to promote skin health among refugee populations in Lebanon.

Project title: Skin health among refugee populations in Lebanon

Duration: 1 week (25 May – 2 June)

Partners: ILDS/IFD


Lebanon is currently facing a severe socio-economic crisis. There are an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees, of which 90% living in extreme poverty. 36% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon have reduced access to healthcare and refugee camps are grappling with overcrowding and poor sanitation. These living conditions are conducive to skin health issues of various kinds.

In May 2023 Bridges2Health&Rights and the Migrant Health Working Group of the International League of Dermatological Societies (IFD/ILDS) will carry out a dermatological mission to Lebanon in collaboration with Medglobal and local NGOs Salama - Lebanese Association for Family health and MAPS (Multi-aid Programs) to promote skin health among refugee populations living in the Bekaa Valley. 7 dermatologists and 1 socio-legal researcher will participate in the mission, which will allow to offer medical care to this population in the area of skin health, as well as build the capacity of local medical staff to address skin issues.


  • Gather epidemiological data on skin diseases among refugee populations and on the needs of organisations and professionals working with refugees in Lebanon

  • Pilot the Migrants' Health Toolkit developed by the IFD/ILDS’ Migrants' Health Dermatology Working

  • Build a network of collaborators that can outlive the mission

Expected outcomes:

  • Greater knowledge about skin diseases among refugee populations in Lebanon/needs of

  • Capacity-building of local healthcare professionals/frontline workers

  • Feedback on the Toolkit and its effectiveness

  • Network of collaborators and local dermatology champions

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