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The port of Beirut in Lebanon seen from the Karantina district
The ReCEVAL project affirms the continuity of the first stage supported by AFD since 2019 to improve access to mental health services to people living in Lebanon, where mental health deterioration is a major issue. AFD is providing support in line with the strategy launched in 2014 by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to deploy the National Mental Health Program (NMHP) strategy.

In addition to the persistent humanitarian crisis of Syrian refugees, Lebanon has been saddled, since 2019, by economic collapse, Covid-19 pandemic and the explosion of the port of Beirut, resulting in a massive impoverishment of the population. Repeatedly exposed to traumatic events, the Lebanese and refugees are under unbearable pressure. This translates into increased stress, depression, addiction and suicide. Women and girls, particularly vulnerable, are disproportionately affected by domestic violence and immeasurable social pressures.


This project is built around three components:

  • Implementation of the NMHP priority activities (4.325 M€) by the consortium of NGOs: providing care to patients at secondary healthcare structures in Baalbek, Beirut and Tripoli and strengthening awareness and prevention actions at the community level;
  • Institutional and organizational support to the NMHP (750 K€) through ESA: strengthening the organizational capacities of the NMHP and its team and consolidation of its status facilitating its full integration within the MoPH;
  • Training and capitalization of the mental health strategy implemented in Lebanon (225 K€) in collaboration with WHO: providing university training for new experts and sustaining promotion of mental health services to people in Lebanon.
  • Enhancing access to mental health and substance use disorders services to 42 000 individuals through capacity building of 3 community centers in Beirut, Baalbek and Tripoli and 6 primary healthcare centers;
  • Reinforcing the NMHP efficiency and sustainability through organizational and structural support to its teams;
  • Consolidation of the mental health university diploma thus reducing the lack of specialized human resources through the training of 257 specialists.
Project start date
2,5 years
Duration of funding
Beirut, Tripoli, Baalbek
Financing tool
5 300 000
Financing amount
Consortium of NGOs (Skoun, Embrace and Abaad) led by Médecins du Monde (MdM), École Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) and World Health Organization (WHO)