Charity has shipped $3M of medical treatments to Lebanon from Oakville warehouse

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Published December 2, 2021 at 11:52 am

Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) has provided more than 340,000 treatments to over 30 healthcare facilities across Lebanon since the Beirut explosion in August of 2020. HPIC PHOTO

A Canadian healthcare charity has sent $3 million of medical treatments from its warehouse in Oakville to Lebanon since the Beirut explosion in August of 2020.

Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) continued its support this week with another shipment of 82,000 treatments funded by American Near-East Refugee Aid (Anera) and Quebec-based Union des Cedres.

The medical supplies, which are expected to arrive in Lebanon in early January, will be distributed to health centres across the country by Anera and Caritas Internationalis.

Last month, 22,500 treatments were sent with partners Lebanon Needs in a shipment funded by a network of individual Canadian pharmacists.

Both shipments consist of analgesics, diabetes medication, anticoagulants, antihypertensives, medication for heart disease and other treatments and PPE identified as urgent needs by local partners.

Lebanon continues to deal with the crisis following the massive blast that occurred when a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut exploded.

At least 218 people were killed and over 7,000 injured in the explosion that caused more than $15 billion (US) in property damage and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless.

“Lebanon will remain a priority for HPIC,” says HPIC Vice Chair and Interim President, Lois Brown. “The support from the Lebanese community in Canada has been vital to providing urgently-needed relief to overwhelmed health centres, communities and families in Lebanon as the country continues to deal with medicine shortages and crisis.

“HPIC is now planning support for 2022 and beyond; partnerships will continue to be the lifeline of what we can achieve to help a country in dire need.”

Another two additional shipments are expected to be shipped in the coming weeks, pushing the total dollar value of medicines sent to Lebanon since August 2020 to over $3 million.

More than 340,000 treatments have been provided to over 30 healthcare facilities across the country.

HPIC has been active in Lebanon since 2001, having sent over $20 million worth of medicines to the country to-date. Canadians interested in supporting the relief efforts in Lebanon can do so by donating to HPIC’s “Lebanon Emergency Response” fund at https://hpicanada.ca/donate/

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