Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Children, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To provide welfare, education, health and employment services to people with disabilities, and fulfil their rights to an accessible environment etc.;

Legal framework: Law on the Right of Persons with Disability (220/2000)

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>. Government of Lebanese Republic. 2000. Law 200/2000 on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Beirut: Government of Lebanese Republic. Internal archives.
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 Unpublished report.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
As of 2016, 97,735 persons in the country had disability cards. 13,082 children with disabilities (aged 0–17); in addition, around 3,000 children received a Temporary Learning Disability card which makes them eligible for special education at MoSA-contracted NGOs
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 Unpublished report.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. ESCWA. 2017. 'Strengthening Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in Arab Countries.' Beirut: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Accessed 10 July 2017. https://www.unescwa.org/sites/www.unescwa.org/files/page_attachments/strengthening-social-protection-persons-with-disabilities-advance-copy-en.pdf
Programme expenditure
Source of funding: Governmental (Ministry of Social Affairs)

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
Health care benefits and technical aids; access to specialised institutions providing a package of care, education, health, therapy and other services, including residential care; fiscal exemptions and tax benefits; employment quotas by law (3 per cent of public-sector jobs); and unemployment benefits are stipulated by law but not paid
References
Government of Lebanese Republic. 2000. Law 200/2000 on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Beirut: Government of Lebanese Republic. Internal archives. 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.
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