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Measles in Lebanon

29 May 2018 – Despite the availability of a safe, effective and free vaccine in the primary health care centres and dispensaries, Lebanon remains endemic to measles virus (genotype D8) and outbreaks are expected periodically every 4 to 5 years. Measles outbreaks pose a serious challenge to the global WHO elimination efforts. Data show an increasing trend in measles cases with 39 cases reported in 2015, 44 in 2016, 126 in 2017 and 459 so far in 2018 – a typical trend observed in countries prior to a measles outbreak. 

The latest measles outbreak in Lebanon was in 2013 with 1760 confirmed cases detected. Since the beginning of 2018, the epidemiological surveillance unit at the Ministry of Public Health has noticed a significant increase in measles cases with 496 reported rash cases, of which 459 (92.5%) were classified as measles cases. There is a potential of under-reporting of sub-clinical measles cases as almost 90% of reported cases are clinical: 56% from hospitals, and 31% from mobile clinics/units. A total of 75 cases (16%) were laboratory-confirmed, 57 (12%) epi-linked, and 327 (71%) clinically confirmed.

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Samira, well deserved winner of the World Health Day art competition

Samia_Hussein_Yehya_from_Tebnin_High_School_today_received_a_certificate_of_merit.docxSamira Hussein Yehya from Tebnin High School shows off her winning entry with Dr Gabriele Riedner, WHO Representative to Lebanon7 May 2018 – Samira Hussein Yehya from Tebnin High School today received a certificate of merit, signed by the WHO Regional Director, and an award from Dr Gabriele Riedner, WHO Representative to Lebanon.

Samira was one of 3 entrants in Lebanon to the World Health Day art competition, an event which is organized every year by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean to celebrate World Health Day in the Region. 

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  • Measles in Lebanon
  • Samira, well deserved winner of the World Health Day art competition
    Samira, well deserved winner of the World Health Day art competition


WHO and Lebanon develop collaborative programme of joint work

22 April 2018 – The World Health Organization in Lebanon is currently preparing its Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) with the country for the coming 5 years. WHO develops the CCS through...

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WHO Lebanon supports the “Kick Breast Cancer” campaign

On 8 October 2017, the first lady Mrs. Nadia AL Chami Aoun and the Minister of Public Health and Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Ghassan Hasbany launched the 2017 national campaign...

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In focus

UNRWA values its strategic partnership with the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and accordingly, is keen to work with PRCS to continue to enhance the quality provided in their hospitals...

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Introduction The World Health Organization's Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is pleased to announce the tenth call for research proposals under the grant for Research in Priority Areas of Public...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000) 4356
Total health expenditure (as % of general government expenditure)  10.7
Maternal mortality (per 100 000 live births)  15
Primary health care units and centres (2010)  2.5
Life expectancy  74.9

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

Lebanon country health profile

Regional Health Observatory