Palliative care in Lebanon receives financial backing from the banks

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The bank has given the large sum of money to the palliative care service as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, vowing to support a “non-governmental organisation working to provide such services in the community.”

On 13 September 2013, Mr. Varouj Nerguizian, the chairman and general manager of Emirates Lebanon Bank, presented Dr. Hibah Osman, Balsam’s president and medical director, with the cheque, in a gathering that was attended by members of the bank’s senior management as well as members of Balsam’s executive board.

Balsam has said that they will use this funding towards developing the services it offers to seriously ill patients.

A spokesperson for Balsam said: “Unfortunately, palliative care is underdeveloped in Lebanon and the region and very few organisations are currently offering services to relieve the avoidable suffering of seriously ill patients and their families.“

The team at Balsam offers their services at no cost to patients from all socioeconomic statuses.  The organisation’s work is dependent on the generosity and support of people who believe in the importance of its mission.

You can read an article here on ehospice, which previously reported on the development of palliative care in Lebanon. And for more information about  the organisation, visit the Balsam website.

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