A disproportionate number of people in Lebanon live with chronic noncommunicable diseases — a reality due in part to the many catastrophes and crises its residents have experienced. According to the International Development Research Centre, among the multiple challenges facing refugee and rural populations in Lebanon, is the high rate of chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Widespread illnesses of this sort account for more than 80% of deaths, and one in three refugees suffers from a chronic illness.
Acute shortages of medicines, medical supplies and equipment in Lebanon are a serious concern, with storage facilities heavily damaged in the explosion in Beirut in August 2020. The nation has not recovered and is in a state of crisis. To address these challenges, IHP has been working alongside our in-country partner, Anera, to help get medicine to hospitals and clinics in need across the country. One of these is Saint George Hospital, among three leading Lebanese medical centres.
Aleyna, a 57-year-old patient living in Beirut, is one of many who depend on the hospital’s pharmacy to get medication. "I am still in shock. [The blast] destroyed my city and left so many injured," she said. She is anxious about how she will cope. "I am running low on money, and the situation is difficult. I purchase some of my medication from the pharmacy. I’ve had to cut down on many of them, because prices have increased." The hospital’s supply from IHP means Aleyna doesn’t have to worry about her most important medications. "I get my diabetes medicine from the Saint George Hospital pharmacy [free of charge]".
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