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School Health

Coordinated School Health is a systemic approach of advancing student academic performance by promoting, practicing and coordinating school health education and services for the benefit and well-being of students.

School health services are offered in several Makassed schools all over Lebanon, with the School Health team preparing annually a vaccination schedule for newly enrolled students and ensuring the provision of needed vaccines for old students.

Program achievement

  • Collecting copies of all students’ vaccination cards;
  • Holding meetings with parents when needed;
  • Conducting water tests in schools and sharing their results;
  • Organizing awareness sessions for students that vary according to age groups.

Universal Health Coverage Project

The Health Care Bureau also implemented a project in cooperation with Lebanon’s Ministry of Public Health to provide free healthcare services to underprivileged families through three PHCC (Horj and Wadi Khaled since 2017, Mosaitbeh since 2018).

More than 1,467 patients were attended to at Horj Medical Center, 1,500 at Mosaitbeh Medical Center and 3,951 in Wadi Khaled Medical Center.

Mother and Child Health

The Mother and Child Health initiative was launched in 2013 in Wadi Khaled (North Lebanon). The project was implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health to provide essential healthcare, normal child birth deliveries with a free 40 days’ follow-up for 380 mothers and offer the yearly vaccination needed to 350 children between the age of 0 and 24 months.

Healthcare program for the elderly

The Communal Health Care Bureau, in partnership with HelpAge International, implemented a program that caters for the needs of the elderly population. Teams conducted 1,300 free health campaigns to detect and prevent diabetes and reduce high blood pressure. They also carried out screening for non-communicable diseases and 500 psychosocial support sessions.


The Bureau teamed up with INTERSOS, an NGO which focuses on the protection of vulnerable groups, with special attention to children. The partnership aimed at empowering the community to reduce the worrying phenomenon of child marriage, responding to gender violence and promoting reproductive health through awareness campaigns in the Beqaa Valley and in South Lebanon.

Interventions included some 6,238 people who benefited from 4,916 medical checkups and laboratory tests, 1,322 gynecologic checkups and reproductive health services in addition to follow-up on 59 pregnancies.


MCHB teamed up with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to implement a project called “Addressing protection concerns of people with specific needs affected by the Syria crisis in the district of Akkar”.

The Communal Health Care Bureau has been providing home based medical care through its mobile medical units in Wadi Khaled and Akkar (North Lebanon), for both Syrian refugees and the host community living in neighboring areas. Services include medical checkups, medications, basic preventive tests to 1,000 elderlies, 250 psychosocial support, 500 physiotherapy sessions, in addition to 900 home visits.

Mercy USA

MCHB collaborated with Mercy USA to provide primary healthcare services for local and refugees disadvantaged groups in Wadi Khaled Mobile Medical Unit (MMU). The MMU team offers health education, consultations, medicine, vaccination and referrals to specialists at Wadi Khaled’s PHC.


MCHB and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) collaborated to implement a project aiming at empowering women through promoting reproductive health and preventing gender bases violence. The project kicked off in 2017 and contributed to spreading awareness among women and girls mainly in rural areas.

Makassed’s mobile clinics and dynamic team visited areas in Beirut and Mount Lebanon during the project’s tenure, providing underprivileged Lebanese families and vulnerable Syrian refugees with primary healthcare services, especially mothers and children, and offering 14,480 free diagnosis and medications.

The team also followed up on 56 pregnant women, providing them with medical support including laboratory tests, echocardiography and post-delivery tests. It worked on promoting correct reproductive health concepts, motherhood and family, training individuals on becoming peer educators, organizing awareness seminars, and distributing publications.

We held 12 psychosocial support sessions for peer educators and 3,949 educational circles for 47,387 beneficiaries. The three-year project also worked on empowering 25 health providers through a training to spread awareness on gender-based violence.