Within the Lebanese health system, around 450 Primary Health Care (PHC) centres and dispensaries are part of a joint chronic medications program between the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
This program was established to supply medications for chronic diseases to serve people that would otherwise struggle to access the necessary treatment. Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes and others are among the top five diseases affecting Lebanese and Syrian refugees.
Today, the provision of essential chronic disease medications is possible through the generous contributions from the European Union, enabling more than 100,000 Lebanese and Syrians to receive their subsidized medications.
The European Union has been one of the major contributors to the chronic medications program since 2014 through various donations.