Even before explosions in Beirut on August 4 claimed at least 140 lives and left thousands more injured, Lebanon’s health system was under strain after a surge in Covid-19 cases. Now, with hospitals overwhelmed and frontline workers exhausted, the country is facing a new crisis.
Around 100,000 children could be among those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.
But UNICEF is on the ground. Here are some of the ways that we're helping:
1. Replacing damaged and destroyed PPE and health products
UNICEF is replacing personal protective equipment and other medical products, including gloves, gowns, masks, as well as procuring critical supplies which health services require to operate.
We've shipped in supplies including 3.5 million surgical masks, more than 17,000 N95 masks, 2.6m pairs of gloves, more than 120,000 gowns, along with thousands of face shields, coveralls, boot covers, head covers and goggles.
2. Working with partners to distribute water and hygiene materials
UNICEF is delivering water to port workers and first responders, and trucking water to the three Lebanese Red Cross kiosks providing assistance to victims.
Our partners have distributed water, hygiene supplies including sanitary pads, infection prevention materials and baby kits to families in temporary shelters.
UNICEF is procuring additional chlorine for Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment, to be delivered in two weeks.
3. Providing precautionary tetanus vaccination shots for those injured
These vaccines arrived in the country on Friday, August 7.
UNICEF have joined local residents to help clean up the streets in the most devastated areas close to the blast at Beirut’s port.
4. Helping affected children with counselling
We're providing children dealing with shock and trauma after the explosions with psychological and emotional support.
Three UNICEF tents have been set up as a base in downtown Beirut. These tents are being used by partners to provide counselling to children and caregivers, referring those who need other services including shelter, water, food, or hygiene items.
At least 675 children and caregivers have been reached so far.
5. Providing affected families with support for cleaning and cooking.
UNICEF has mobilised more than 300 young volunteers helping to clean, cook, distribute food and water and do minor repairs on homes and shops. So far they have reached around 14,000 households.
6. Provide emergency cash assistance
We're providing cash assistance for the most vulnerable families, including health and logistics workers, where needed.
UNICEF is racing critical supplies to support Lebanon’s children, but to do that we urgently need your help.
We urgently need $46.8 million respond to the immediate needs of children and their families in the aftermath of the explosions in Beirut.
Please donate now and help save lives.