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BEIRUT, LEBANON, December 17, 2020 — Dallas-based charity Baitulmaal, along with Chicago-based healthcare access organization MedGlobal, delivered the second round of medications to Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut that included hard-to-find medicines for 200 patients who were injured in the August 4 blast.
One hundred emergency patients, along with another one hundred patients with non-communicable diseases, will receive a three-month supply of critical medications free of charge in the latest shipment of aid. According to Dr. Firas Abiad, general manager of Rafik Hariri University Hospital, many medications have been in short supply since the August 4 explosion in the Beirut port, and medications such as heparin have been out of stock for the past several months.
The medications are part of Baitulmaal’s $686,000 emergency aid package to Lebanon, which includes food, water, hygiene kits, and financial assistance to families in need, in addition to clean-up efforts initiated after the blast.
The World Health Organization lists the victims of the August 4 blast as 203 people dead, another 6,500 injured and over 300,000 homeless. The explosion also severely damaged Lebanon’s critical health infrastructure and led to a shortage of medical supplies.
In addition to providing hospitals with medications, Baitulmaal is reconstructing homes of vulnerable families affected by the blast. Part of this effort is also rehabilitating portions of hospitals that were destroyed. Donations for Lebanon can be made at baitulmaal.org/donate.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan.
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