| 16 June 2021, Wednesday | النسخة العربية

Abiad: RHUH will unveil humanitarian and development projects ‎

The Director of Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH), Dr. Firas Abiad, announced, that “This week, RHUH will unveil several humanitarian and development projects funded by the international community. These projects aim at supporting the hospital, on the short and medium term, in providing healthcare services for the vulnerable population, Lebanese or other”.

“RHUH and other public hospitals received similar support in the past. Aid was essential to relieve the huge stress on the healthcare system by the large number of refugees and vulnerable migrants. This time, the main beneficiary of the latest funds will be primarily Lebanese. This is not surprising. The events of the past two years resulted in a sharp increase in poverty and vulnerability in Flag of Lebanon. Many Lebanese are in no better conditions than refugees. Some have become economic migrants themselves. It is not easy to go from have to have not”.

“It is not shameful to receive help during times of need. The support of friends should be appreciated. Unconditional aid is a natural act of humanity between countries at different levels of prosperity. However, one should also be aware of the unwanted side effects of aid. Recipients of aid can eventually become dependents, trapped with living, even uncomfortably, on the charity of others. It is unsustainable. There will be other crisis, elsewhere. The attention will shift, the priorities will change. Aid will eventually decrease substantially”, he added.

“Aid, like medicine, is given during periods of ill health. How did we come to this? Can aid be used as it should, a means to reach a state of true self reliance, in a better tomorrow? First, let us be thankful for what we receive, and to those who are standing by our side”, Abiad said.