Lebanon has consistently improved its health system and registered relatively favorable indicators, despite internal challenges and external shocks. The ministry of public health has developed and implemented plans, aimed at reaching the sustainable development goals, which build on past successes. Lebanon is controlling and preventing disease outbreaks and ensuring universal access to healthcare services. The quality and coverage of health services have been improving.
The ministry of public health has a network of 213 primary healthcare centers across the country, which provide services in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and municipalities, patients can see medical specialists at a reduced cost and receive basic and chronic disease medication and vaccines free Critical diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and others are fully covered by the ministry of public health.
The strategy’s central goal for the ministry of public health is universal health coverage and it is based on the principle of ‘health as the right of each citizen’. Its strategic goals are: 1. to modernize and strengthen MoPH’s executive and related administrations. 2. to improve collective public health through prevention and promotion throughout the life cycle of each individual, and in all stages/phases of life. 3. to make concrete steps towards universal coverage of high quality, safe and affordable healthcare that priorities the poor and vulnerable. 4. to strengthen capacity and systems for timely, accurate and reliable epidemiological surveillance intelligence for public health security and emergency preparedness and response. ref: LEBANON- Voluntary National Review (VNR) on sustainable development goals (SDGs).