Norwegian Ambassador visit Medical Center Aarsal

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

The Norwegian ambassador in Lebanon, H.E. Ambassador Lene Natasha Lind, paid a visit on October 20th to the Medical Center of Aarsal (MCA) - run by the Union of Relief and Development Associations in Lebanon (URDA). The ambassador was accompanied by two delegations from the Norwegian embassy and the Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC), alongside members of URDA’s administration.

Ambassador Lind took a look at the work in the Medical Center and visited its medical facilities, commending the efforts made there to help Syrian refugees and the Lebanese host community in the border town of Aarsal. She also emphasized the need for providing continuous support for the Medical Center’s operations and equipment.

Aarsal city hosts around 80.000 refugees from Syria, in addition to a pre-existing population of 20.000 Lebanese.

NORWAC’s Syria country director, Mr. John Jensen, said: “we have been working with URDA for one year. We are thankful for their dedicated and specialized efforts in reaching thousands of civilian Syrians and Lebanese alike in Aarsal.”

Supported by the Norwegian government, NORWAC has been covering MCA’s running costs for one year now, after shortage of funding was threatening the Centre with closure. Established in early 2014, MCA currently provides healthcare services for more than 6,500 patients, on monthly bases. It also hosts 150 surgical procedures a month.