Hypertension, refugees, public health


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After the war in Syria, Lebanon became among the top countries hosting for refugees. Many public health issues started to be raised with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) being high on the list. Providing health care for refugees is not easy since it requires huge resources, continuous follow-up encounters, and an extensive financial support. Reports show that NCDs are a health priority in Syrian refugees, and hypertension is the most prevalent one affecting more than half of the older Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This creates an enormous burden on the host community health system that needs effective interventions. While Lebanese citizens favor the private sector for seeking health care, better attention and support is to be given to the public sector for better coping with the needs of both refugees and host community, including the implementation of the new guidelines developed by the Lebanese Ministry of Public health in order to decrease the cost of care for NCDs and limit the rate of complications. However, there are barriers encountered when attempting at fulfilling the refugees’ health needs. A multisectoral approach involving different stakeholders is essential to ensure the readiness of the host health system and enhance the solidarity of the host community towards refugees



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