Volunteers for Lebanon
Los Angeles, CA - "There is nothing more beautiful in this world than the feeling of helping somebody else,” said Dr. Michel Daher, owner of Pax Pharmacy and co-founder of Middle East Pharmacy Association. “Right now, Lebanon needs our help. Before the August 4 explosion, the largest non-nuclear explosion recorded, there were already 400,000 people displaced in the country. Now, 750,000 people out of Lebanon’s population of 4 million are displaced.
"The damage from the blast was so bad - there were doors torn off, windows blown, and medication was set to run out with only fifteen days left of oncology supplies. Lebanon was already a developing country to begin with, and they had been grappling with a financial crisis: severe inflation, no protein in the stores, no money in the banks. People are hungry, hurting, and sick. COVID 19 is running wild through the country, and they’re under a national shutdown.
So we’re doing everything in our power to raise the funds to repair Lebanon’s hospitals, after sending over several shipments of supplies."
BACKGROUND: On August 4th, an explosion occurred in Beirut, Lebanon which resulted in over 220 deaths, 6,000 injuries, and the displacement of over 300,000 individuals who lost their homes. The American Lebanese Medical Association (ALMA) Los Angeles Chapter, Middle Eastern Pharmacists Association (MEPhA) of California, and Pax Pharmacy have worked with countless individuals, health systems, organizations and donors in Southern California and nationally to provide medications and medical supplies to many hospitals, clinics and convents in Lebanon. Through these efforts, more than $100,000 worth of medications and medical supplies were shipped through plane cargo numerous times throughout the last two months, and have provided aid to those in need during this tragic time.
On August 11th (One week after the blast), the Middle Eastern Pharmacy Association and American lebanese Medical Association fund raised $22,000 and was able to purchase and send as much money in supplies/medications to the Rafic Hariri University Hospital. This journey was made in part thanks to the Armenian Relief Services who also gathered supplies and sponsored the flight from LAX to Beirut.
On Monday October 5, 2020, our most recent shipment arrived in Beirut. This shipment consists of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of medications, cardiac screening machines (Echo & EKGs), baby formula, feminine products, and medical supplies to aid the following clinics and hospitals:
-Cercle de Jeunesse Catholique
-Sisters of Notre Dame Du Mont
-The Psychiatric Hospital of the Cross-Jall-Eddib
-Saint Joseph Hospital, the Medical Center Raymond and Aida Najjar-Dora
-Hospice CHrist the King-Zouk Mosbeh
-Centre Hospitalier Universitaire-Notre Dame des Secouers (CHU-NDS)
-Hospital of Beit Chebab
-Hospital Libanais Geitaoui
-ALS Center of Lebanon
Alaska Airlines has been an amazing partner, offering to move all sorts of donations across the country for free for us, getting the aid to LAX so we can ship to Beirut.
NEXT PROJECT: Supply a container of medical supplies to Centre Hospitalier-Notre Dame des Secouers (CHU-NDS), which is the hospital owned by the Lebanese Order of Maronites, and affiliated with USEK. We will also raise funds to arrange for aid to be purchased and shipped to Congregation des Soeurs Fransiscaines de la Crois du Liban, an order of the Franciscan Sisters of the Cross which has three hospitals that suffered damage from the blast.
CALL TO ACTION: The need is still great, and we are seeking your help. We are focusing our current efforts towards a Maronite Hospital “Notre Dame Des Secour” that is struggling financially to provide for their patients, which have increased in number since the explosion. We are raising money to send medical supplies to this hospital through a Catholic based non-profit organization which will provide the medical supplies this hospital is requesting as long as we supply the $30,000 dollars. The shipping/taxes is estimated to be 12-15K per hospital. Any extra funds raised will continue to be sent to the hospitals.
Volunteers for Lebanon
Please join us in this endeavor by donating to the American Lebanese Medical Association a tax-exempt nonprofit where any donation earns tax paperwork: https://almamater.org/page/aug-4-2020
We cannot offer anything if we do not receive your support. Please help us in continuing our relief efforts. Any donation will be much appreciated.
Please spread the word, and thank you in advance for your help!
Dr. Michel Albert Daher, PharmD, RPh, APH