Ambulance Delivery Makes Urgent Health Care a Priority in Lebanon

26/03/2021 - 12:44
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As COVID-19 cases in Lebanon continue to rise, Medair has partnered with the Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training (LOST) to provide an ambulance for emergency hospital transfers to the Brital municipality in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. This was made possible through European Union support aimed at improving quality of and access to healthcare services for both vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees.

 

New ambulance service in Brital means emergency medical treatment more readily available in the municipality

Lebanon is facing a series of compounding crises while COVID-19 has continued to put increasing pressure on the health infrastructure. Prior to LOST’s purchase of this ambulance, the closest service to Brital was over 30 minutes away, resulting in critical delays to people receiving emergency medical treatment. The handover of the ambulance took place on Friday 12th March 2021 at the LOST Community Farm, an open space for the community, which supports and trains farmers to help with the development of the agricultural sector. The ambulance, under the management of the Brital Municipality will serve over 20,000 people in the area.

A vital service provided to the community of Brital at a difficult time for Lebanon

Ali Hussein Tlais, Mayor of the Brital Municipality thanked all those who made the delivery of this ambulance possible at a time in which Lebanon is experiencing a difficult economic reality while simultaneously fighting the Covid 19 pandemic. Dr Ramy Lakkis, Founder and Director of Lost underlined that the needs in Lebanon are too great for anyone to meet alone and that this was a great example of a new model of partnership in which the international community and national community come together for the good of the people.

A new model of partnership

On 12th March 2021, the ambulance was presented to the Social Development Centre in Brital, where Medair Lebanon’s country directors spoke of the collaboration necessary to provide better healthcare in Lebanon.

We are aware that the needs in Lebanon are too great for anyone to meet alone. However, when we each contribute what we can do, then together we are able to find a solution. This ambulance was only possible as everyone worked together - the people of Brital, the Municipality, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the health centres, Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training, Medair and the European Union. I thank everyone for their collaboration to provide better health care in our community.

-Anna Chilvers (Medair Lebanon Country Director)

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