“If we don’t get help, I will be obliged to close the hospital,” Sister Hadia Abi Chebli says reluctantly.
Sister Hadia is the codirector of Lebanese Hospital Geitaoui. Located near the port of Beirut, the hospital was severely damaged by the blast in August 2020 and has since been mostly rebuilt.
However, Lebanon’s ongoing socioeconomic crisis has caused the hospital’s operational costs to skyrocket and numerous medical professionals to find more stable work opportunities abroad. The hospital is in a bind.
Sister Nicolas Akiki, director of the Rosary Sisters Hospital nearby, says her health care institution is in the same predicament.
“Employees, nurses and doctors are leaving,” says Sister Nicolas.
However, a number of medical professionals are committed to staying.
In this video, meet medical professionals who are working to tend to Lebanon’s health care needs, despite the challenges.