Emergency Response to Explosion in Lebanon

by International Medical Corps
Emergency Response to Explosion in Lebanon

Project Report | Oct 13, 2021
Final Report on the Lebanon Explosion Response

By Caitlin Bartkus | Associate Specialist, Resource Development

A patient seeing our team for healthcare
A patient seeing our team for healthcare

This will be our final update as International Medical Corps’ emergency response to the Beirut, Lebanon explosion has drawn to a close.

To continue supporting International Medical Corps, please visit our “Addressing Humanitarian Needs in Lebanon” project to learn about our response.

Learn more about our response here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/addressing-humanitarian-needs-in-lebanon/ 

Over one year ago, on August 4, 2020, a massive explosion ripped through Beirut, Lebanon—so powerful that it registered as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake. International Medical Corps’ team based in Lebanon mobilized quickly in the aftermath of the blast reaching more than 54,300 women, men and children in the first two weeks with personal protective equipment (PPE), psychological first aid, hygiene kits and more.

“I’ve lived in the city for the past 10 years. This is my first emergency that I am responding to as a resident,” says Rima, International Medical Corps’ Communications Manager in Lebanon.  “Thankfully, my family and I were all okay; however, thousands of other were not,” explained Rima.

With more than one-third of health facilities damaged, those that remained open were overwhelmed by patients affected by the blast and COVID-19. Medical storage facilities sustained damage, causing shortages of vital medicines and supplies. Our team provided more than 500,000 health consultations, supported 87 health facilities with medical supplies and PPE, rehabilitated three primary healthcare centers and more.

Mental health is also a concern after a traumatic event. Common mental health conditions include physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral reactions. Longer-term effects may include depression, severe anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. In response, our team provided more than 10,000 mental health consultations, trained 191 frontline workers to provide psychosocial support and basic care, provided more than 2,500 psychological first aid sessions and more following the blast.

Mental health services helped people like Aurore. “We could not find my mom at first; then we found her under the couch, speechless and unable to move. My mother was not only in physical pain, but also emotional pain because of what happened,” recounts Aurore. International Medical Corps provided mental health and psychosocial support for both Aurore and her mother, and thousands of others impacted by the Beirut blast.

Although International Medical Corps’ response to the Beirut explosion has ended, our team continues to address humanitarian needs throughout Lebanon.

International Medical Corps thanks the GlobalGiving community of donors for supporting our relief and recovery efforts following the devastating Beirut blast. 

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Our team providing psychological first aid
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Jul 19, 2021
One Year After the Blast

By Phalaen Chang | Project Assistant

Mar 25, 2021
Update: Recovering from the Beirut Explosion

By Richard Luong | Resource Development Officer

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International Medical Corps

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Project Leader:
Jo-Ann Santos Alarcon
Los Angeles , CA United States

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