European Union support for the Lebanese Healthcare System reaches €173 million

18 December 2018 – The European Union has renewed its commitment to strengthen the Lebanese health care system and secure access to chronic medications, vaccines and essential medical commodities to the most vulnerable population in Lebanon. Through an additional contribution of 19 million Euro from the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, UNICEF and WHO will be able to support to people in need by ensuring provision of primary healthcare services and strengthening the health system.

The additional funding was announced today during a joint press conference headed by the Minister of Public Health, Ghassan Hasbani, EU Ambassador Christina Lassen, WHO representative Dr. Imane Shankiti, and UNICEF Representative, Tanya Chapuisat. The donation is part of a package of support of 173 million Euro which the European Union has invested in the health sector to strengthen the system and to help meet the basic health needs of both Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees in a time of great pressure on service delivery and health infrastructure.

“We thank the commitment of the European Union and the support of the World Health Organization and UNICEF in strengthening the healthcare system to meet the needs of both Lebanese and Syrian refugees,” said Minister Hasbany.

EU Ambassador Lassen highlighted that “the projects we are launching today are part of a 173 million Euro health package that includes primary and secondary healthcare and aims at achieving quality, affordable and accessible health services for everyone in need in Lebanon”.

“The generous support of the EU to the health system has sealed a long-standing partnership between the MOPH, WHO and UNICEF, and ensured that health services were of good quality, and that outbreaks and health risks are identified and acted upon early enough” said Imane Shankiti, WHO representative. “Reinforcing the health system capacity, along with filling critical health services with EU support ensured that no patient in need for health care was left behind”.

“The strong partnership we have with the EU, the ministry of Public Health and WHO has ensured that every child in Lebanon has access to quality vaccines to remain safe from outbreaks of preventable diseases,” said Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF Representative to Lebanon. “Through EU funding we are able to save lives and strengthen systems to shape a better future for children”.

About the European Union:

The European Union (EU) supports Lebanon’s stability, independence and sovereignty, its prosperity and democratic order. It helps improve public service delivery for Lebanon’s citizens in key sectors such as health and strives to help protect its environment and natural resources. The EU is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Lebanon including defending gender equality, children’s rights and freedom of expression. The EU Delegation in Lebanon represents the European Union to the Republic of Lebanon with the objective to maintain and develop mutual beneficial relations. It engages in political, social and economic development

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About UNICEF:

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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About WHO

WHO advocates for Health For all, and promotes Universal Health coverage as a basic human right. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to more than 150 countries and monitoring and assessing health trends and global health security

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