The Fondation Pierre Fabre has been operating in Lebanon since 2002 by supporting the activities of the Khaldieh Medical-Social Centre, which is run by the Lebanese Association of the Knights of Malta (ALCM). Since 2016, the Foundation has also helped establish a Mobile Medical Unit in West Beqaa to address the health needs of Syrian refugees and poor Lebanese.
Having been alerted to the country’s deteriorating health situation by its longstanding partner, the Foundation, with the ALCM, co-developed a three-year programme (2020-2022) to meet the growing needs for quality health care, supported by awareness-raising and screening campaigns to facilitate the early patient treatment.
With nine primary health centres, six mobile clinics, two centres specialising in caring for the severely disabled, three centres for the elderly, 340 employees, 150 volunteers and 930 volunteers (of all faiths) working in the field, the ALCM is an important entity in Lebanon’s current health care system.
The entire primary health care system managed by the ALCM is in the process of being certified by the Ministry of Public Health to become part of the universal primary health care system. The care it provides is chiefly aimed at the most vulnerable Lebanese populations and refugees.
This network of health centres and Mobile Medical Units spread across the country provides a wide range of treatment: general medicine, cardiology, gynaecology, paediatrics, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, pulmonology, ENT, dermatology, gastroenterology, urology, endocrinology, and neurology as well as vaccination, minor surgery and treatment, physiotherapy, audiometry, radiology, ultrasound and Doppler, dentistry and laboratory services. To offer the greatest number of quality services, treatment is optimised and the network carefully managed.
This programme’s main initiatives include:
- Continuing and expanding the work of the Mobile Medical Unit positioned in the Western Beqaa region
- Improving the quality of the treatment options across the network of centres of the Lebanese Association of the Knights of Malta through recruiting medical and paramedical personnel, training, and centre specialisation to better respond to the needs of certain regions
- Rolling out screening campaigns to facilitate early treatment
- Strengthening drug management and quality control of medicines distributed through the network (purchasing a mini-lab for control, pharmacist recruitment, etc.)
- Epidemiological monitoring in association with Beirut’s Saint Joseph University
- Improving network management (staff training, technical support, etc.).
Through this project, the Fondation Pierre Fabre is establishing a global partnership with the Lebanese Association of the Knights of Malta and supporting implementation of the structural reforms essential to consolidating the network of treatment centres and their associated Mobile Medical Units.