In Lebanon, public hospitals rarely have a pediatrics department. This means that the conditions for treating sick and underprivileged children are extremely inadequate. In addition, Syrian and Palestinian refugees are streaming into Lebanon. Often, these refugees have extremely limited financial resources and poor access to healthcare.
Assameh is renovating a wing of the Beirut Governmental Hospital - Quarantaine to create a 30-bed pediatrics department. This department will have its own neonatal resuscitation unit with eight incubators, an intermediate care unit with eight incubators and cribs, and a pediatric resuscitation unit with four beds. This will improve the sanitary conditions and treatment options for sick children at the Beirut Governmental Hospital - Quarantaine.
In order to ensure access to healthcare for refugees, an agreement was made between the Lebanese Ministry of Health, UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees), and the Beirut Governmental Hospital - Quarantaine. Under the terms of this agreement, most of the healthcare costs for refugees will be paid by these two institutions.
The Air Liquide Foundation funded the purchase of intensive phototherapy medical equipment, which will be primarily used to treat jaundice in newborns.