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UNFPA Response to the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis in Lebanon

Before Syria descended into civil war, family planning services were free and used relatively widely by 58% of women in reproductive age. Yet the UNFPA-supported study carried out among Syrian refugee women in Lebanon in 2012 showed that only 37% of non-pregnant married women were using contraception. According to a global study by UNFPA, 250,000 women in Syria and refugee settings will become pregnant by the end of 2013. In addition, the Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees report dated July 2013 identified sexually transmitted infections accounting for 8.9% of consultations and constituted one of the leading causes for acute illness among Syrian refugees in Lebanon.