By the start of August, Lebanon was going into what appears to be a second wave of COVID19. Record numbers of daily positive cases were registered, as the Lebanese Government took decisions to ease the lockdown, including re-opening the airpoirt. Calls of emergency started to rise warning of the collapse of the health system. The Rafic Hariri goverrnmental hospital, the only health facility treating COVID patients in the country, nearing its full capacity.
Just as new drastic steps were planned to be taken from the government to contain the community spread, particularly in terms of calling for further collaboration from the private health sector, a devastating explosion in Beirut's port destroyed a vivid and key part of the capital, killing at least 200 people and injured around 5,000 others.
In addition to the catastophic human, economic, and cultural loss that hit the already shattered Lebanon, the country's health system is now facing new additional challenges, that, if not poroperly managed and addressed, could lead to a human disaster.
The Knowledge To Policy (K2P) Center at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) produced a contextualized guide bringing evidence from disasters worldwide to guide, inform & coordinate interventions by policymakers, humanitarian agencies, NGOs, civil society, municipalities, & youth groups.
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