Syrian refugee children in a camp


The Syrian crisis continues to generate political, social and economic pressure in Lebanon. Now, Covid-19 and the devastating explosion in Beirut are set to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Lebanon is under severe pressure as it tackles the coronavirus pandemic, an on-going economic crisis and the aftermath of the explosion in the port of Beirut.

The combination of an unprecedented economic and financial crisis has put a huge strain on Lebanon, while they continue to face pressure hosting over a million Syrian refugees.

The coronavirus pandemic and outbreaks within the country have put health systems under severe pressure.

On 4 August 2020, a deadly explosion in the port of Beirut sent shockwaves through the country. The blast killed 178 people, injured 6000 people and left 300,000 people homeless. In the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis, this disaster could send Lebanon to the brink, with food security becoming a major source of concern for both host and refugee communities.


Country facts

  • 68,911

    Action Against Hunger's programmes reached almost 70,000 people in Lebanon in 2020.

  • 6.9M

    Lebanon has a population of over six million people.

  • 131,701

    We distributed over 130,000 items of PPE in Lebanon in 2020.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Lebanon

Our teams in Lebanon continue to provide high levels of humanitarian response, despite the fragile political, social and economic environment. We’ve adapted our programmes to the changing situation, including Covid-19 prevention and response activities, and set up an operational base in Beirut since the explosion in the port.

Our work focuses on:

  • distributing hygiene supplies, disinfection kits, and communication materials, in all refugee camps within intervention areas (West Bekaa, Arsal and Saida)
  • providing front-line workers with PPE
  • training our staff on Covid-19 awareness measures, to allow them to spread messages within communities
  • providing infection prevention and control kits, and food parcels, to households with a positive case of coronavirus




A girl supported by Action Against Hunger in Iraq.

Millions of people who have had to flee their homes following the conflict in Iraq, still need humanitarian assistance.


Syrian refugee children.

The ongoing conflict has shattered the country’s infrastructures, forcing millions to leave their homes.

Occupied Palestinian Territory

Girls sat on a donkey at an Action Against Hunger project in Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The humanitarian need in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, is still growing.