Last week, Hala El Helou, emergency coordinator at the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, told IRIN the government had only received a few in-kind donations from Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, some financial contributions from the UN to do capacity-building, as well as $700,000 from Norway, and around a $1 million grant to be channelled through the World Bank.
“We’ve had some pledges and we’ve had some promises. Very few have so far provided us with actual funds,” she said.
The government had received no contributions for the health sector of its plan, “which is one of our most crucial at this point…
“We have a huge lack of medication at the centres of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health. The medication we have is barely enough for the Lebanese,” she said.
According to UNHCR, the number of refugees fleeing Syria to neighbouring countries could top one million by June 2013.