03 Jun Helps us to vaccinate vulnerable people in Lebanon
To date, about half a million people have been infected with coronavirus in Lebanon and almost 6,700 have died as a result of the pandemic.
The vaccination process is progressing very slowly. At the end of March, the number of people who had received the first vaccine was around 110,000, a long way to reach herd immunity for a population of around 6 million people, including Lebanese and refugees of Syrian and Palestinian origin.
The delay is mainly due to the structural weakness of the state, the precarious situation of the national health system and the slow arrival of Pfizer vaccines, the pharmaceutical company with which the Lebanese government has established the main supply agreement, although some vaccines from AstraZeneca and those produced in Russia and China have already begun to arrive. The latter, arrived as a donation of 50, 000 doses, is primarily intended for members of the army and professional associations; the Russian vaccine, on the other hand, will be monitored by the private sector and nonprofit organizations.
Accreditation of centres of Lebanese Popular Aid
The Ministry of Health has contacted the Lebanese People’s Aid in order to accredit the centres of this organization as primary care centres where the AstraZeneca vaccine can be administered, specifically at the Halba hospital (located in Akkar), where Lebanese People’s Aid provides health care to Lebanese and Syrian refugees who are being excluded from the regular health system. The centre of Halba is the result of the collaboration between the Lebanese organization and the Catalonia-Lebanon Association and was set up a few years ago thank to Catalan cooperation funds.
The Ministry of Health provides the vaccines to the centre, but it does not provide the rest of the resources needed to carry out the entire vaccination process. The medical staff, technical equipment and cleaning materials are provided by Lebanese People’s Aid.
Therefore, it is needed:
· Medical staff
– 1 full time doctor: 1,000 euros/month
– 1 nurse: 500 euros/month
Total for one year: 18,000 euros
· Technical staff
– 1 technician to enter data into the system: 315 euros/month
– 1 cleaning person: 110 euros/month
– 1 person responsible for the management: 170 euros/month
Total for one year: 7,140 euros
· Equipment and material
– 1 computer and scanner: 800 euros
– Cleaning material: 170 euros
Total: 970 euros
The total cost is 26,110 euros