Medical Program

Medical Program
Monday, November 6, 2017

Overview

The Medical Assistance Program has been serving chronically ill patients in Lebanon since 1988.  Running for over 30 years, the program services those who do not have medical coverage or social security, such as widows, large families with minimal income.  The program aims to provide those in need with 63 different medications free of charge through a network of 434 local health care facilities located throughout the country.  Our facilities are in Mount Lebanon, Beirut, North Lebanon, the Bekaa, South Lebanon, and Nabatiyeh. 

 

About 150,000 Lebanese, and 15,000 Syrian refugees are beneficiaries of the program.  Our beneficiaries also receive access to full medical services provided by physicians, nurses, and health workers through these facilities.  We at YMCA of Lebanon, are committed to provide quality pharmaceutical products by recognizing, understanding and satisfying the needs and requirements of our partners (national dispensaries) and beneficiaries (patients), through the continuous development and implementation of the GSDP for Pharmaceutical Products in Lebanon ed4 guideline.

 

The medical assistance program includes training, awareness sessions, and prevention programs on health-related topics such as the rational use of medicine, stock management, substance abuse, communicable, and non-communicable diseases etc.  The program is mainly funded by the Ministry of Public Health, and in recent years it received financial support from several organizations such as WHO and UNHCR in part to expand coverage to Syrian refugees.  We also regularly receive in-kind donations through a partnership with Anera.

 

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Our Prime Quality Objectives Are:

  • To ensure compliance with all relevant quality regulations and legislations to meet dispensaries and patient’s satisfaction and the requirements of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health; 

 

  • To follow the Deming cycle Plan-Do-Check-Act in all our operational procedures;

 

  • To make sure staff members understand and carry out the quality procedures applicable to their work area;

 

  • To provide training for the benefit of our staff, the organization, our partners, and beneficiaries;

 

  • To focus on continuous improvement and best practices in order to improve our service.

 

 


The medications we offer are based on the WHO essential drug list, which is updated regularly to incorporate the changing medical field. The list covers the following types of care for chronic cases:

 

  • Cardiovasular, Hypertension & Blood circulation

  • Neurological agents

  • Retinopathy

  • Diuretics

  • Antidiabetics

  • Antipsychotics

  • Asthma

  • Hyperlipidemia

  • Musculoskeletal agents

  • Anti-Ulcer

  • Gout

  • Thyroid problems

  • Ocular hypertension

  • Osteoporosis