Lebanon

H.O.M.E. supports a fully equipped medical clinic, which provides excellent medical care to some of the poorest people in the country. H.O.M.E. also supports a mobile clinic serving people in rural areas of Lebanon.


The Mobile Clinic

Background
The Mobile Clinic is a large vehicle such as a van or used ambulance stocked with medical supplies and staffed with nurses and/or doctors.  This ministry is the product of years of prayer, research, need analysis and organization.  It began in November 2003 as several doctors visited Lebanon on a short-term trip, and saw more than 80 patients on the first day alone. Serving the most remote areas in northern and southern Lebanon, the Mobile Clinic hopes to take the healing message of Christ and the advanced techniques of modern medicine to the neediest of the population in these isolated areas.

Staff/Activities
Four times a month, this clinic on wheels travels to extremely poor villages that lack medical institutions, offering quality health care to needy people.  A team of doctors and nurses participates in these monthly medical outreaches, treating various illnesses and providing medications at no charge to patients.  In addition to basic health care, the Mobile Clinic includes services in response to the spectrum of medical needs, such as dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, gynecology, and others.

Future Plans
The Mobile Clinic plans to expand its route further with time, enabling it to visit more villages and treat a larger number of patients by increasing the frequency of trips.  The Mobile Clinic administration is also working on a special program that will give children in need access to free vaccinations.

Healing Grace Medical Center

Background
In the early 90’s, the Healing Grace Medical Center (HGMC) was opened in the underprivileged area of Fanar. The Evangelical Baptist Church purchased a spacious building capable of accommodating a church as well as a clinic. At the time, there was only one other clinic in the area, and a great need existed for a clinic that would offer health care services at little or no cost. The church immediately began to equip and furnish its clinic. The need in the area is so exceptionally large that eventually, ten other medical centers opened nearby. HGMC remains one of the most trusted clinics in the area because of its unique dedication to quality healthcare, specialized and highly trained staff, special attention to patients, as well as its boldness in spreading the message of love to all who enter its doors.

Staff/Activities
To further their goal of assisting as many poor and sick people as possible, the clinic actively seeks to educate people on a variety of health-related issues by holding conferences mainly targeted toward women. Topics covered include nutrition, basic health care, raising children and other related subjects. The clinic is also involved in ongoing projects that provide expensive medical diagnostic laboratory tests at a low cost to those who otherwise could not afford them. The clinic offers pap smears, mammography, echography, and osteodensitometry tests at little or no cost to limited numbers of patients. In addition, it is currently sponsoring a part-time geriatric doctor to provide consultation for about 100 elderly every month. Moreover, the HGMC staff has volunteered to distribute basic food and milk to poor families during special times such as Christmas.

Future Plans
The clinic plans to build a laboratory facility to assist with diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. 

Health Outreach to the Middle East (H.O.M.E.) is a Christian, non-denominational organization that exists to offer physical and spiritual healing to people in need in the Middle East by providing medical care and education.


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