In 2017, Access to Health initiated a project to assess the mental health needs of Syrian displaced in Lebanon. 

Roughly the size of Maryland, Lebanon now hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world, with approximately 700,000 of the 1.1 million Syrian displaced entering the country in the last 2 years. With over ¼ of the population in Lebanon now Syrian displaced, the local infrastructure – hospitals, schools, and economy – is feeling the strain of this massive influx of people. Simultaneously, Syrians are fleeing a war marked by extreme violence and killing. For the moment, at least, Lebanon is one of the few countries to which Syrians can flee.

In March, 2017, a nine-person team consisting of JDs, MBAs, and faculty traveled to Lebanon to conduct qualitative interviews and assessments related to the core areas of mental health and adolescent combatants, child labor, and the use of "safe spaces" for women and youth to gather. While there, students met with Heartland Alliance International, the Near East Foundation, Basmeh & Zeitooneh, and Arc en Ciel, among others. The participants have since incorporated the information from the trip, and used the fieldwork component to refine final recommendations for different strategies.

ATH is continuing innovative engagements with Basmeh & Zeitooneh through the development of a strategic business plan to grow their sustainability strategies while helping to grow the income generating programs provided to Syrian refugee women and youth. 


From Lebanon, Lessons in Law and Life
Lebanon Trip Report (pdf)