A deadly blast ripped across Beirut on Aug. 4.
The explosion killed more than 150 people, injured thousands, and left dozens missing.
Direct Relief worked with longtime partners in the affected area to channel needed resources and assist with recovery efforts.
Direct Relief’s Response
The explosion that ripped through Beirut on August 4 killed at least 200 people. Injured 6,000. Caused suffering on an untold scale.
It also killed doctors, nurses, and patients in their hospitals. Destroyed vital medicines, vaccines, and personal protective equipment. Damaged primary health care centers. And placed tremendous strain on a health system already in crisis.
Lebanon was experiencing a chronic lack of medicines and medical supplies before the explosion, and the Covid-19 pandemic stretched healthcare resources.
The blast compounded the severe strain on the nation’s healthcare system.
Six major hospitals and 20 clinics suffered damage and, according to UNOCHA, the blast rendered half of all medical facilities within 9.3 miles either inoperable or partially operable.
Direct Relief extended a $50,000 grant to its long-time regional partner Anera and has made $500,000 available to response efforts.
With support from FedEx, Direct Relief also delivered more than 60 tons of critical aid from Direct Relief to support the efforts of medical personnel in Beirut, Lebanon.