SPARK: Newly Qualified Nurses Fill Gaps During Lebanon’s Healthcare Crisis

SPARK: Newly Qualified Nurses Fill Gaps During Lebanon’s Healthcare Crisis

AMSTERDAM – In Lebanon, private hospitals account for 80% of healthcare services, according to the Ministry of Health. Due to the unprecedented economic crisis, an estimated 40% of medical professionals, including around 2,000 nurses, have left the country and many hospital departments are being forced to close. “We come close to a great collapse,” said Minister of Public Health, Firass Abiad, speaking to Reuters at the start of 2022. While the healthcare exodus continues, ongoing internal issues especially the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the workload of the understaffed hospitals in…