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Philips Foundation, which aims to provide access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities, has teamed up with Philips Lebanon to donate oxygen concentrators and ventilators through Lebanese NGO, SESOBEL, to urgently improve access to oxygen and ICU ventilation in Lebanon.

Lebanon has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing a significant shortage of critical medical devices in the country. As a solution, the Philips Foundation and Philips Lebanon are teaming up to donate critically needed oxygen concentrators and ventilators through Lebanese NGO SESOBEL. The aim is to help fulfill the urgent need to better equip healthcare professionals and hospitals within Lebanon, and for patients in need to have better access to treatment.

In addition to the donation, Philips will also provide training to healthcare professionals operating the equipment.

“As a leading health technology company, we are honored to be supporting the healthcare systems in Lebanon to alleviate the severity of the crisis,” said Vincenzo Ventricelli, CEO Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Philips. “In collaboration with the Philips Foundation, we look forward to fulfilling this urgent need, helping hospitals, health professionals, and patients in Lebanon with our oxygen concentrators and ventilators through SESOBEL.”

Accredited by UNICEF, SESOBEL is a non-governmental organization founded in 1976 by Yvonne Chami, aiming to provide social services for the welfare of Lebanese children and those most in need.

“We are grateful to have both Philips and the Philips Foundation on board to help us equip those most in need with the required healthcare innovations, allowing us to continue providing welfare services and emergency assistance throughout the country,” said Fadia SAFI the CEO of SESOBEL. “Together, we look forward to lending a helping hand to the community through this pandemic.”