Amel: Medical care, pre- and post-natal care, health awareness sessions
In April 2012, Amel launched free medical consultations for refugees in its center of Ersal, North Bekaa. With the continuous increase of Syrian refugees, the association decided in May 2012 to expand to three additional centers in Bekaa (in El Ain, Kamed el Loz and Mashgharah). In September 2012, a first mobile clinic was launched in North Bekaa.
Two additional mobile clinics are currently developed to become operative in areas where many Syrian refugees reside and numbers are likely to increase along the Syrian-Lebanese border. ( A mobile clinic launched in May started touring 7 villages nearby Mashgara since the beginning of May, and another mobile clinic will start in the beginning of August-next week- in Kamed el Loz and neaby villages)
Due to increasing numbers of Syrian refugees entering South Lebanon, Amel extended since November 2012 its services through five centers in South Lebanon;Tyre, Bazourieh, Khiyam, Halta and Fardis. (there was never any programme for Syrian refugees in Halta and Fardis, however these centers produce soap and help in women economic empowerment programmes-not related to Syrian refugees emergency programme)
Amel is providing pre- and post-natal care for mothers and newborn babies, and covers the costs of deliveries in nearby hospitals and the distribution of important pre-natal vitamins. Awareness sessions for mothers have also been organized, with particular focus on the importance of breastfeeding, maternal hygiene and maternal nutrition.
Health education and prevention have received increased attention since the summer of 2012. Currently, awareness sessions are taking place in all of the centers and from mobile clinics as well. Finally, Amel is taking part in joint efforts of vaccination to prevent epidemia of measles.