American University of Beirut

Responding to the Healthcare Facilities

​​General Information

If the outbreak is not contained in a timely manner, the Lebanese health system will be overwhelmed; patients with COVID19 or other urgent medical conditions will not receive their needed care, and a substantial number of unnecessary deaths will become inevitable.

What are the Challenges in the existing health systems?

-Curative-oriented health system 

-Public sector is underfunded, understaffed and ill-equipped 

-Only 15% of hospital beds belong to the public sector 

-Health information system in Lebanon is fragmented 

-Poor engagement of private sector in early response 

-Lack of clear enforcement of Infectious Disease Law (31/12/1957) 

- Limited availability of needed supplies and equipment​

Read more: Informing Readiness and Response to COVID-19 in Hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centers 

This series is developed by Clara Abou Samra and Dr. Fadi El Jardali


                                               Watch: A Story of COVID-19 Transmission

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