Last updated: 13/3/2024

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Institutions and agencies involved
Population group
Children, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Makes a list of persons with disability and provides Personal Disability Cards, in order to provide welfare, education, health and employment services to people with disabilities, and fulfil their rights to an accessible environment etc.;

 

References
Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Lebanon. 2016. Reaching All Children with Education: RACE II (2017–2021). Beirut: Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Lebanon. Accessed 26 July 2017. <http://www.mehe.gov.lb/uploads/file/2016/Oct/RACE%20II_FINAL%20Narrative_29AUG2016.pdf>. UNICEF (2019). Social protection in Lebanon: a review of social assistance. Accessed on 09 November 2023. https://www.unicef.org/lebanon/media/5671/file/Lebanon_social_protection_report_ODI.pdf.pdf
Programme components
Subsidies for public medical services; specialised equipment; and taxation
References
Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Lebanon. 2016. Reaching All Children with Education: RACE II (2017–2021). Beirut: Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Lebanon. Accessed 26 July 2017. <http://www.mehe.gov.lb/uploads/file/2016/Oct/RACE%20II_FINAL%20Narrative_29AUG2016.pdf>.
Start date
1995
References
UNICEF. 2016. “Social Safety Net Mechanisms Used by Children with Disabilities and Their Families in Lebanon.” Unpublished report. New York: United Nations Children’s Fund. Internal archives.
Coverage
114 000 disability card holders (representing 40-60% of the estimated number of persons with significant disabilities) in 2020.
References
ILO (2020). Towards a Rights-Based and Comprehensive Social Protection System for Lebanon Supporting the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities. Accessed 09 November 2023. https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---arabstates/---ro-beirut/documents/publication/wcms_765094.pdf
Programme expenditure
Contracted NGOs with MoSA receive a bulk of the budget allowance for disability (70%, the equivalent of USD44 million). Limited financial allocation by MOPH to hospitals to provide services for Persons with disabilities without healthcare coverage (only USD4 million per year).
References
ILO (2020). Towards a Rights-Based and Comprehensive Social Protection System for Lebanon Supporting the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities. Accessed 09 November 2023. https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---arabstates/---ro-beirut/documents/publication/wcms_765094.pdf

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
People with disabilities, children with disabilities
Eligibility criteria
A person with a disability is defined as a person who experiences a decrease or even a disappearance of his/her capacity to: practise one or more important activity(ies) or to provide him/herself with the basics of livelihood alone; or a person who has lost the capacity to take part in social activities equally with others or to guarantee a normal personal or social life according to the common criteria of the society s/he lives in because of the lack in one of his/her functions—be it corporal, sensorial or mental, permanently or temporarily because of a defect by birth or acquired with time or because of an illness; the recognised types are motor, intellectual (mental), autism, visual and hearing
References
Government of Lebanese Republic. 2000. Law 200/2000 on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Beirut: Government of Lebanese Republic. Internal archives.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
The card is given for a maximum of five years; it needs to be reviewed after the expiry date shown on the card
References
UNICEF Lebanon. 2017. Personal communication.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Access to care through specialised institutions offering a package of care, education, therapy, and other services, including residential care (provided through contracted institutions by the MoSA Division of Disabled Affairs); receipt of specialised equipment are the main services and support available to PDC card holders and persons with learning difficulties (through the Rights and Access Programme). Health, rehabilitation, and support services; an accessible built environment; quotas for accessible homes and automobiles; access to school; quotas in public and private jobs; restricted social security; and specific tax exemptions and benefits are also included in Law 220.
References
UNICEF (2019). Social protection in Lebanon: a review of social assistance. Accessed on 09 November 2023. https://www.unicef.org/lebanon/media/5671/file/Lebanon_social_protection_report_ODI.pdf.pdf
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
MIS: Each cardholder has a complete file with detailed demographic, medical, physical, educational, intellectual, social and economic data saved in a database at the Rights & Access Programme at the MoSA’s Hadath centre; data are updated regularly or upon renewal of the card
Legal Framework
Law on the Right of Persons with Disability (220/2000)
References
Government of Lebanese Republic. 2000. Law 200/2000 on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Beirut: Government of Lebanese Republic. Internal archives.