Barriers, Refugees, Syrian, Urban


Architecture | Business | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


The crisis in Syria continues to take a devastating toll on the country’s civilian population. Lebanon now has 1.2 million Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, where over 1 million of them live outside of camps in urban settings and informal settlement. The high prevalence of communicable and noncommunicable diseases among Syrian refugees in Lebanon is being faced with a variety of multifaceted barriers leading to limited access to and use of healthcare services in terms of provision of appropriate secondary and tertiary services, continuity of care, access to medications, and costs. Aim: This study aims at exploring barriers faced by Syrian refugees in accessing health care in urban settings in Lebanon. Methodology: This qualitative study will be conducted on 40 Syrian refugees living in urban settings across Lebanon. Data will be collected through interviews to explore the context, reasoning and perception of the participants of existing barriers, and then will be phenomenologically analyzed. Results: The results of this study showed that the Syrian refugees who participated recognized financial, structural and cognitive barriers to accessing health care services.



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