Our colleagues at Lebanese Red Cross have been on the ground helping since the beginning. More than 125 ambulances and 375 emergency medical staff were mobilized from around the country to help treat and evacuate over 3,700 of those who were injured. Mobile health units were set up around the city to help alleviate the pressure on hospitals and Red Cross teams transported seriously injured patients to hospitals outside of Beirut.
Immediately following the blast, Lebanese Red Cross helped with search and rescue efforts, and treating and evacuating the injured. They provided emergency health care and blood services, psychosocial support to those experiencing trauma and helped families locate missing loved ones.
In the months following the blast and from now and into the future, the focus for Lebanese Red Cross is on helping Beirut get back on its feet. Providing cash grants to assist people in recovering, giving them the dignity of making their own choices about what’s best for them and their family. As well as continuing their vital healthcare and ambulance services.
So far, Lebanese Red Cross has helped more than 250,000 people. They have done this alongside their broader humanitarian work, including responding to COVID-19 and supporting over 1.5 million people from across the region who have sought refuge in Lebanon.
The global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has mobilised financial support to Lebanese Red Cross for their Beirut Port Explosion operation as well as their ongoing work. This support helped them to respond rapidly to the explosion with vital life-saving services; and is helping them to provide long-term assistance.
Australian Red Cross’s Port Explosion Appeal was part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s effort to back our local partner, Lebanese Red Cross.