In a press release by the European Union Delegation to Lebanon, it said, “Every day, thousands of people in Lebanon rush to clinics, health centres and hospitals, to meet their basic needs. Sona, a young mother of two, has been seeking medical help for her children. She found quality and affordable services at the Karakusian Primary Health Care Centre in Burj Hammoud, one of the many facilities currently supported by the European Union.

Today, in the same health centre, the EU launched the first two projects of a recently approved package of 70 million Euro from the EU Regional Trust Fund, in support of the health sector in Lebanon, for all people in need to receive quality services across the country.

The launch was held under the patronage and in the presence of Caretaker Minister of Public Health, Ghassan Hasbani. “One goal unites international organisations and the Ministry of Public Health; it is to ensure access to health care for the largest number of people in Lebanon,” said Minister Hasbani.

The EU is cooperating closely with the Ministry of Public Health, to strengthen the health sector in Lebanon,” said EU Ambassador, Christina Lassen. “We are working hand in hand, to help establish a sustainable model for the future, eliminating the cost barriers that today prevent some people from receiving the needed healthcare services, while standing ready to support Lebanon in achieving “Universal Health Care” in line with the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” she added.

“We hope that the programme will lead to a Primary Health Care system in Lebanon, in which those that need primary health care will seek it without worry of costs or quality,” said Eduard Tschan, International Medical Corps’ Country Director in Lebanon, while speaking at the event.

The EU’s support to the health sector comes, as a necessary and urgent response to the tremendous task Lebanon is being confronted with, hosting the highest number of refugees in the world. Since 2014, the EU has implemented projects for a total of 173 million Euro, becoming the first donor in this sector and contributing significantly to the Lebanese authorities’ ability to meet the basic health needs of the population.

Source: NAM News Network