Emergency entrance at the Haifa hospital in the Burj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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According to a report published Wednesday by British NGO Medical Aid for Palestinians, the health care system for Palestinians is in a dire condition across Lebanon.While a 2005 law technically made it legal for Palestinian refugees to work in Lebanon, it was conditional on obtaining a work permit from the Labor Ministry, which, according to the International Labor Organization, rarely happens – fewer than 2 percent of Palestinian workers in Lebanon have permits.The Lebanon Crisis Response Plan, a multiyear plan between the Lebanese government and its international backers, noted in its April 2018 update primary and secondary health services for 32,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria and 20,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon were at risk of being stopped during the first quarter of 2018 .The MAP report also said two-thirds of Palestinians in Lebanon live below the poverty line, and food insecure Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are three times more likely to report three or more health problems.Almost half of Palestinians in the country live in one of the camps, where conditions are notoriously poor.
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