Beirut, 19 February 2022 (TDI): In Lebanon, Medair is fighting the disruption in the uptake of routine vaccinations for children among vulnerable societies. 

This disruption comes as a result of the compounding crises including a massive explosion in the summer of 2020 at the heart of Beirut. 

Likewise, the COVID-19 pandemic and a steady rise in the socio-economic vulnerability of Syrian refugees and the Lebanese have further aggravated the situation.

These crises have severely affected the ability of many families to earn a living, leaving many struggling to make ends meet.

Medair’s support of the immunization project in the South of Lebanon is in partnership with UNICEF and donor Alwaleed Philanthropies. 

Medair’s support of the COVID-19 vaccination project is with the financial support of the European Union, Swiss Solidarity, and private foundations.

It also comes as a Gift from UNICEF. Moreover, Global Affairs ­Canada is also working in partnership with Tearfund Canada to support the health clinic in the Bekaa Valley.

Medair was there to help Khadija; a Syrian refugee with 6 kids. She heard about the immunization project coordinated in partnership with UNICEF and the EU Humanitarian Aid. 

Therefore, Khadija went to a health clinic in Nabatieh, which is supported by Medair. She was accompanied by her husband and children.

Khadija talked about the struggles of being unable to afford routine vaccinations during the pandemic for her children. She elaborated on how the crisis in Lebanon is threatening their livelihood.

She heard about Medair from a woman in her community. That’s when she decided to go with her family there. After talking to the staff, Medair provided her and her family with the needed medical assistance. 

What is Medair?

Medair is an independent, impartial, and neutral humanitarian organization. Its objective is to save lives and alleviate mortal suffering in the world’s most challenging-to-reach and devastated locations. Since 1989, it has been helping people in crisis, regardless of creed, race, or nationality.