The Syrian crisis has generated the largest refugee movement since the Rwandan genocide and is described as the defining refugee crisis of our era. Within this refugee population older, disabled and injured refugees face specific challenges that contribute to their vulnerability, yet, studies of humanitarian programming show that these same groups are often neglected in assessments, data collection, design and delivery of responses.
Handicap International and HelpAge International, thus, undertook a research project in Jordan and Lebanon between October and November 2013, to highlight the number and needs of Syrian refugees1 living with impairment, injury and chronic disease – referred to in this study as people with specific needs. The research findings, summarised in this document, are based on a survey of 3,202 registered and non-registered refugees in seven areas of Jordan and Lebanon, specifically – North Lebanon, Bekaa, Beirut City and Mount Lebanon governorates in Lebanon; and Irbid and Amman governorates and Zaatari Camp in Jordan.
The findings of this work present a new and critical perspective on the position of the identified groups and the risks and vulnerabilities they face, with far-reaching consequences for the way current humanitarian responses are designed and delivered. As such, the report aims to contribute to the evidence base humanitarians use to design responses, and to support the delivery of inclusive activities which identify and respond to the needs of persons with specific needs and older people.
Please find the full report and a 4 page executive summary attached.