Syrian refugee Moussa, 15, right, hugs and kisses his brother Mohammad as they sell chocolate bars on a street east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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The head of the U.N. refugee agency in Lebanon has advocated for greater access to mental health care within the country's primary health care services, saying that such measures would not discourage refugees from returning to Syria. Speaking at a roundtable held Friday on the subject of mental health, Mireille Girard dismissed the notion that access to health care is keeping refugees in Lebanon.Girard also advocated for greater support for mental health issues within communities.Girard said three-quarters of the Syrian refugee population in Lebanon lives under the poverty line ($4 per day), and more than a half of the refugee population is living under the extreme poverty line of less than $3 dollars per day statistics seemingly taken from the UNHCR's 2017 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees report.According to Girard, refugees in Lebanon pay an average of $200 per month for rent.
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