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On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion in Beirut killed at least 190 people, injured 6,000 and plunged 300,000 into homelessness virtually overnight.In addition, several major medical facilities were damaged or destroyed in the blast, reducing patient capacity at a time when the number of COVID-19 cases in Lebanon is rising. Here is what we are doing to respond to this devastating emergency:
- Supporting to two mobile medical units, including one that focuses on mitigating the spread of COVID-19;
- Distributing medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and equipment to hospitals;
- Completing one of the first assessments of hospital needs throughout Lebanon via outreach to our 38 hospital partners;
- Expanding our psycho-social support program to address the needs of those affected by the disaster;
- Providing support to cover costs of delivering large medical supplies and medications from the US to medical facilities in Lebanon;
- Exploring he development of medical missions to address gaps in medical care;
- Distributing PPE, hygiene kits, hand sanitizer and food parcels to individuals affected by the August 4th explosion;
Additionally, SAMS is establishing a medical tent in a section of Beirut that has been gravely affected by the blast to provide primary and chronic care, as well as psychosocial support for survivors. In response to the surge of COVID-19 cases, SAMS has established a tent to provide masks & sanitation supplies in highly impacted areas by the blast.
"We're so grateful. We can't thank you enough for the great work you're doing for us and for those in need." Sister Bernadette Malouf from St. Antoine Catholic Church is one of our beneficiaries whose offices in Gemmazye had been severely damaged.SAMS joined our partner INARA in Mar Mkhael, one of the most impacted areas in Beirut, to provide primary care to those in need free of charge. In addition, SAMS continues to offer reusable masks and hand sanitizers to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus as the country faces a surge in #COVID19 cases in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.SAMS procured and packed at least 100 emergency hygiene kits and sanitation supplies to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. SAMS also partnered with Food Blessed to distribute hygiene kits and food parcels to individuals and families affected by the explosion, including Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian families.This week in Beirut, SAMS has partnered with a local organization, Dispensaire Intracommunautaire Medico-Social (Medical-Social Intercommunitary Center), to promote awareness of COVID19 through the distribution of hand sanitizers and masks. The center serves the Bourj Hammoud and Naba'a communities, a densely populated area that was highly affected by last month's explosion, and provides wraparound care including medical services, nutrition and food, household goods and supplies, and social work services. Due to the current economic crisis, coupled with the#coronavirus pandemic and the explosion, the center now serves nearly 2,000 families.
SAMS is committed to ensuring that those impacted by the August 4 explosion receive the medical and humanitarian assistance they urgently need. We ask you to join us in our efforts to bring relief to a population who remains homeless and in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Your contribution will directly benefit the survivors of the explosion in Beirut.
Thank you for your unwavering support in the face of this emergency!