On Tuesday, August 4th, two momentous explosions occurred in Beirut, which destroyed large parts of the city. Provisional counts report more than 100 deaths, thousands people injured, and another 300,000 left homeless. This tragedy will worsen the already thorny situation for the Lebanese people, who are currently facing an unprecedented economic crisis, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the Lebanese population is already struggling to find food, and the healthcare system is weakened and overburdened.


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A Tragedy That Threatens an Already Fragile and Saturated Healthcare System

Doctors of the World Calls for Donations

Active in Lebanon since 1990, Doctors of the World, in association with its teams and partners working on the ground, is assessing people’s needs to adapt to the collective care of victims.

“The sanitary framework has already been significantly weakened by the resurgence of the COVID-19 epidemic in Lebanon. The explosion destroyed three hospitals in the capital, and the Lebanese healthcare system is completely saturated, making it difficult to treat victims”, warns Bernadette Farcy, Doctors of the World’s coordinator in Lebanon.

“We are particularly worried about the psychological impact of this tragedy on the mental health of the Lebanese people, which is compounded by major health and economic issues,” she adds.

Your donation will allow us to:

  • Support existing healthcare services (medication and equipment provision, electricity supply)
  • Distribute 20,000 kits containing protective equipment to continue to control the spread of COVID-19
  • Continue vaccination efforts and chronic disease treatments
  • Offer psychological support to those who were affected and refer individuals who need more thorough care to the appropriate hospital services.

Thanks to your donation, our teams on the ground will be able to respond to victims’ needs quickly.


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Your donation matched by the Government of Canada

For every dollar donated by Canadians to the Humanitarian Coalition and its 12 members, including Médecins du Monde Canada, between August 4 and 24, the Government of Canada provided a matching contribution of up to a maximum of $8 million.




Media contact:

Mélissa Cabana
Communication Senior Advisor
Doctors of the World Canada
Phone : 514-799-8985



Photo credit: World Vision/Reuters

Published on 06/08/2020


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