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High Commissioner for Refugees visits the Lebanese Red Cross
On Wednesday afternoon, August 19, Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), accompanied by the representative of UNHCR in Lebanon, Mrs. Mireille Girard with a delegation, visited the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) headquarters in Spears Street where they were welcomed by the President of the LRC, Dr. Antoine Zoghbi, and the Secretary-General, Mr. Georges Kettaneh, with a number of officials. The visit aimed to consolidate cooperation, exchange data, enhance efforts, coordinate relief work, and unify efforts in order to help those affected by the blast that occurred in Beirut.

The visit included presentations by Mr. Kettaneh, Director of Operations Abdullah Zogheib, and Director of the Disaster Management Sector Marwan Awar, for the work and services provided by the LRC from the first moment of the blast, including EMS and blood transfusion Services, and what the LRC is currently doing in the affected area in terms of the continuation of these services from providing basic assistance that includes Food baskets, hygiene, identification of places for shelters, primary health care, medical examinations, distribution of medicines and psychological support through the teams existed at the scene, in addition to Restoring family links, as well as a reviewing the challenges and how to overcome them in order to continue providing assistance.

Mr. Grandi praised the pioneering role played by the LRC and the tremendous efforts of the work and services that were evident in the process of rescue and relief.

Dr. Al-Zoghbi thanked the UNHCR delegation for this visit and praised the efforts of the High Commissioner in Lebanon; he stressed on the importance of dedicating the role of LRC as a pioneering national society in humanitarian work in light of this unprecedented disaster and other challenges that we are living especially in light of COVID- 19.
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