Our teams are supporting hospital staff in Zahle by managing a triage zone for children, consisting of tents set-up on the hospital grounds. We are also assisting with management of patients suspected to have COVID-19 in the inpatient ward and the paediatric intensive care unit.
Our hospital in Bar Elias, which usually handles elective surgery and wound care, is now prepared to host COVID-19 patients. This has entailed postponement of all surgery, but our wound care activities are able to continue.
In addition to adapting activities in the hospital services we run, MSF staff have also been in contact with several governmental hospitals (in Hermel, Saida, and Tripoli to support them with logistics, medical supplies, and staff training. In northern Beirut, MSF has partnered with a local organisation called the Anti-Racism Movement in order to provide medical support and other assistance through a helpline to migrant communities during the lockdown.
We are engaging with community leaders and partner NGOs to spread awareness about general protective measures, especially in crowded refugee camps and informal tented settlements.