Air Shipment of Donated Medicine Arrives in Beirut
August 20, 2020 | Beirut, Lebanon – Anera is pleased to announce that our first shipment of medicine has arrived in Lebanon since the Beirut explosion happened on August 4. Americares, one of Anera’s medical donation partners, air shipped two cold chain coolers of beractant, a medicine used to prevent and treat Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) in premature babies.
Plans for this shipment began long before the explosions. Beractant is important in protecting the health of babies suffering from RDS in the vulnerable communities where Anera works, especially in this era of COVID-19. As soon as the medication is cleared through customs, Anera will immediately begin distributing it.
This shipment marks the first in a series of air- and sea- shipped medical donations from Americares and other medical donation partners that Anera will be coordinating over the next several weeks and months. Americares alone is sending nearly 60 tons of medicines and supplies in the coming weeks. The vital medicines and healthcare supplies that Anera delivers will help to meet the needs that resource-strapped hospitals and clinics in Lebanon are currently facing.
Since 1968, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate humanitarian relief and for sustainable health, education, and economic development efforts. Our staff are from the communities they serve, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. We will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.