Since the start of fighting, over 400 Lebanese civilians have been killed, while an estimated 800,000 have either had their homes destroyed or been forced to flee. Most people IMC is treating are women and young children; many seniors also are ill or injured, or have lost the prescription drugs they need to stay alive. IMC has treated an 8-year-old American boy who was shot in the face as his family fled and a 14-year-old girl who saw her little sister die before nearly losing her own life.
IMC is operating mobile clinics to treat fleeing civilians, delivering emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Lebanon (shipments of supplies have been cut-off and roads have been bombed), and working to improve sanitation in unhealthy conditions.
All of IMC’s work includes training and capacity-building so that local populations can begin to care for themselves. IMC plans to remain in Lebanon even after a ceasefire to help people who have lost everything cope with grief and rebuild their live