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Helping Syrian refugees manage chronic diseases

10:01 EDT 19 Jun 2017 | Novartis

Many have settled in Lebanon, where chronic diseases already place a major burden on the healthcare system, accounting for an estimated 85% of deaths. Now health facilities have been further stretched by the influx of people fleeing Syria, who have swelled the population by a third.

To help tackle this problem, Novartis last year began working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to support improved access to medicines and medical care for refugees in Lebanon. The company is supplying medications for high blood pressure and diabetes through Novartis Access, an ...

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