Hikma Contributes to Save the Children’s Beirut Relief Initiatives
Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma Group), the multinational pharmaceutical company, recently joined hands with international children’s charity Save the Children in an effort to provide emergency aid to those most affected by the devastating explosion that shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on 4 August 2020.
The tragic event coincided with a time of national strife and the COVID-19 pandemic that left hospitals and health services in the country overwhelmed with limited support and resources.
Save the Children is currently on-the-ground in Beirut ensuring that the most vulnerable, including those whose homes were damaged, are provided with the essentials necessary to survive, advance towards recovery, and provide vital outreach to children impacted by the devastating explosion. The US$50,000 donated by Hikma Pharmaceuticals will help ensure that those affected have access to safe drinking water and hygiene kits, thousands of tetanus and diphtheria vaccines, and replacements for thousands of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies lost in the blast which are being used to protect frontline health workers and volunteers.
Hana Darwazeh Ramadan, Global Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Hikma, said: “At Hikma, we work every day to make a difference in people’s lives. Our hearts go out to the children and families of Lebanon who are facing economic hardship during this pandemic and in the aftermath of a traumatising event. Partnering with organisations such as Save the Children, whose compassion and goals mirror the values we uphold at Hikma, enables us to help those impacted by this tragedy to get the resources and support they critically need.”
Hikma Pharmaceuticals’ first response to the explosion in August included an urgent donation of medicines and healthcare resources to the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon valued at US$1 million, and an additional contribution of medicines worth US$100,000 to the American University of Beirut medical centre. Through the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, Hikma also donated a shipment of critical medicines worth $1.2 million to the Jordanian Military Field Hospital to support their medical mission on the ground in Lebanon.