Nada Baghdadi, 27, has a fracture in her leg caused by the explosion at Beirut port on 4 August. | © Tom nicholson / HI
HI’s teams are conducting rehabilitation sessions and providing psychosocial support for victims of the explosions that ripped through Beirut on 4 August.
After central Beirut was devastated by massive explosions on 4 August, HI’s teams have been providing emergency assistance to victims of the disaster.
More than 170 people were killed, and more than 5000 people suffered injuries. HI’s teams began by assessing the needs of the wounded in the city’s hospitals.
"Many people have been hit by shards of glass, causing tendon and nerve injuries, paralysis and muscle weakness. Others have complex fractures or need extremity amputations - fingers and toes.
Some 500 people require rehabilitation and mobility aids such as crutches and walkers," explains Pauline Falipou, HI’s emergency rehabilitation expert.
Since the start of the emergency, HI’s teams have conducted more than 60 rehabilitation sessions and distributed more than 100 first aid kits containing bandages, mercurochrome, etc. to treat wounds and allow the injured to be cared for at home.
HI has also distributed 40 walking frames, crutches, etc., to people who need them. In addition, the organisation has provided more than 400 psychosocial support sessions to help victims overcome the trauma of the disaster.