Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut held in October the annual gala dinner in support of its Cancer Fund Unit, under the auspices of then Health Minister Jamil Jabak and in the presence of Makassed’s honorary President Tammam Salam, various political and social figures as well as friends of the Association.
The event is organized annually to provide medical and financial aid to cancer patients at Makassed General Hospital (MGH).
In 1997, MGH established the Hematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Center to offer financial support to disadvantaged patients in their battle against cancer.
The Center is currently a 26 adult beds and eight children beds facility and ensures cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Medical specialists are on hand and offer various treatments such as blood transfusion, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and guided treatments.
During the event, a live auction and a tombola presented by TV host Pierre Rabbath successfully raised over $ 40,000 needed for the treatments of 4 Makassed Cancer patients.
Minister Jabak then announced a public financial aid of “1 billion 500 million Lebanese pounds starting beginning of 2020”, an initiative welcomed by Makassed President Dr. Faisal Sinno who reminded the audience that Jabak is a Makassed alumni. Sinno also thanked MP Fouad Makhzoumi for inking an agreement to support the Association’s Scholarship Fund.
Following a movie featuring the renovation works that started last year at MGH as well as an overview of its outstanding accomplishments in 2019, Dr. Sinno said: “What has been accomplished is great and our teams are on the right track”.
“The emergency work that Makassed was in dire need of has been carried out. In the next phase, we have to reorganize our work to make better use of the potential of our facilities and our staff”, added Sinno.
He expressed concerns regarding the economic crisis in Lebanon that “has a deep impact on all the Lebanese society” and more specifically on those in need of health care.