Caritas Lebanon launches Escape 3 project to support vulnerable families

2022-05-18

Caritas Lebanon has launched a new project ESCAPE 3, tailored to support individual households that are economically vulnerable and have experienced different types of health shocks that affected their ability to generate income and be productive.

This project will last for six months, from mid-March to mid-September 2022, covering Beirut and Mount Lebanon, and it follows a safety net approach designed to help households overcome a health shock and its socio-economic implications that could otherwise lead to a further drop into poverty via the provision of access to Secondary Health Care (SCH) and Recovery Cash Assistance (RCA). The intervention also addresses the mental health care needs of vulnerable populations through providing mental health services and awareness.

To be eligible for support, the beneficiaries must be socioeconomically vulnerable and have experienced at least one major health shock within the last three to six months.

 

The project equally targets both vulnerable Lebanese (total target 106), who do not have access to medical insurance coverage and whose monthly incomes are limited or non-existent, and Syrian refugees (total target 106), who will be supported based on the list of approved cases. Registration with UNHCR is mandatory under this project.

 

The cases approved for the inpatient fee’s assistance are:

  • Life-savings interventions (cardiac-related procedures/medical complications, Emergency care, Respiratory distress, asthma, AVC…)
  • Livelihood restoring/ orthopedic surgeries (work accident, accident preventing ability to work)
  • Specific surgery (cancer stage 1 with good prognosis, surgeries if postponed would lead to life-threatening complications.

 

Identifying potential beneficiaries begins in April and will continue until May 2022, with the project addressing beneficiary needs through three components:

 

  • In-Patient Assistance Fee or Secondary Health Care Assistance – reimbursement of an average of 600 USD for hospitals to either partially or fully cover the hospitalization bills of patients who have experienced a health shock. A total of 212 beneficiaries will benefit from this assistance.
  • Recovery Cash Assistance – monthly financial support for 3 months with the amount of 100 USD per month to support patients meet their most urgent basic and recovery needs throughout the period of the health shock.
  • Mental Health Services – beneficiaries will be screened for mental health care needs and referred according to the severity of needs to individual psychological follow-up sessions. A total of 900 sessions will be provided. In addition, 100 beneficiaries will receive mental health awareness sessions.

 

Thanks to the local and international donors’ support, Caritas Lebanon continues its mission effectively in the social, health and educational fields, and in promoting integrated human development.