I TRAVEL TO FIND MYSELF IN THE EYES AND HEARTS OF OTHERS”
The August 4th Port of Beirut explosion, which killed at least 200 people and injured 6,000, has left lasting implications on Lebanon's healthcare system.
Hospitals and primary care centers were badly damaged by the Beirut blast, and had to undergo significant repairs.
Covid-19 has also complicated the recovery process – according to Lina Atat, a pharmacist and coordinator of medical donations for Anera, only 7% of the country’s ICU beds are available.
Inside the premises of Hotel De Dieu hospital in Beirut, the visible signs on a door frame, of the damages caused by the port explosion.
Since the explosion, facilities have received medications donated by companies including Lilly and Novo Nordisk, in addition to PPE and equipment distributed by Anera.
A worker in the depot of the Hotel De Dieu hospital organizes boxes of N95 masks received by Anera, a partner of Direct Relief.
Direct Relief is supporting groups, like Anera, and coordinating medication donations as Lebanon's health system continues to recover.