Healthcare

Lebanon is currently facing its most severe economic crisis since the civil war, causing a rapid escalation in poverty rates that are projected to surpass 52% by the end of 2020. The healthcare system has been deeply impacted, with patients forced to forgo essential medical care due to financial constraints. Shortages of medical supplies, infrastructure challenges, brain drain of healthcare professionals, and the added complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic have further worsened the healthcare crisis in Lebanon, highlighting the urgent need for support and investment in the country’s healthcare infrastructure.

Impact in Action

To address the urgent healthcare crisis in Lebanon, which has been worsened by shortages of medical supplies, infrastructure challenges, brain drain of healthcare professionals, and the added complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have called for immediate medical intervention to alleviate suffering. As part of our efforts, we have implemented a series of measures, including the establishment of a miniature Outpatient Department (OPD).

The current OPD, staffed by a physician and a team of approximately six nurses, offers vital medical services such as medication administration, vital sign screening, blood withdrawal, and wound treatments. Additionally, to cater to individuals who are physically unable to travel, we have launched a mobile unit that provides home visits to address their medical needs.

While the current OPD is unable to provide a comprehensive range of services, particularly for patients requiring medical scans or hospitalization, we are collaborating with the Ministry of Health to fulfill these requirements. Through this collaboration, our patients can receive full coverage for laboratory tests, and imaging procedures, and gain facilitated access to emergency care and hospital admissions.

Furthermore, we have partnered with select dispensaries to assist patients in obtaining their prescriptions at reduced costs or, in some cases, free of charge, alleviating the burden on individuals facing financial hardships.

In addition to the immediate medical interventions, we recognize the need for continued efforts and cooperation with relevant stakeholders to effectively address the healthcare challenges caused by Lebanon’s ongoing economic crisis.

The economic crisis in Lebanon has far-reaching consequences beyond the healthcare sector, including soaring unemployment rates, widespread poverty, and a sharp decline in living standards. As a result, accessing essential services, including healthcare, has become increasingly difficult for the Lebanese population.

To address these challenges comprehensively, we are actively collaborating with local and international organizations, as well as the Ministry of Health, to develop strategies aimed at meeting the multifaceted healthcare needs of the population.

One of our key areas of focus is enhancing the capacity of healthcare facilities to deliver a wider range of services. By working closely with the Ministry of Health, we aim to secure the necessary resources and support to expand the capabilities of the OPD, enabling it to offer medical scan procedures and accommodate patients requiring hospitalization in a timely and affordable manner.

Additionally, our partnership with the Ministry of Health extends beyond immediate medical services. Leveraging their expertise and resources, we can facilitate access to vital laboratory and imaging procedures for our patients, ensuring comprehensive diagnostic evaluations. Moreover, the ministry’s assistance in streamlining emergency care and admission processes is crucial in relieving the burden on individuals and ensuring prompt medical attention when needed.

Recognizing the financial strain faced by many patients, we have also established collaborations with local dispensaries. Through these partnerships, we actively negotiate reduced costs for medications and prescriptions, making them more accessible and affordable for those in need. In some cases, we have successfully secured free medications, providing relief to individuals who would otherwise struggle to afford them.

While these measures address immediate concerns, we remain committed to implementing long-term solutions to alleviate the healthcare crisis in Lebanon. This involves advocating for sustainable economic reforms and increased investment in the healthcare sector. By fostering partnerships with domestic and international stakeholders, we aim to mobilize resources, expertise, and support to rebuild and strengthen Lebanon’s healthcare infrastructure, ensuring that quality medical care remains accessible to all, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Our unwavering commitment to upholding human dignity and alleviating suffering compels us to persist in these efforts. We firmly believe that, through collective action and a comprehensive approach, we can overcome the challenges posed by Lebanon’s economic crisis and restore hope for a healthier and more prosperous future for all its citizens.