The USAID-funded Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment project implemented by Rene Moawad Foundation is helping the municipal dispensary of Deir Aamar (Minieh-Dinieh district, North Lebanon) establish a blood testing section that will help host communities and poor persons access affordable and reliable blood testing services.
On December 15 2014, Deir Aamar municipality obtained the approval of the Lebanese Health Minister Mr. Wael Abou Faour to providing the new blood testing section with the Ministry of Health license. Approval of the license was obtained after the ministry ensured that the laboratory equipment is present and doctors and staff are available to oversee proper laboratory operation. Accordingly Deir Aamar municipality expects the license document to be released to them in January 2015 by the Ministry of Health. In December 2014, RMF/BALADI trained the dispensary staff on stock management and inventory control as well as waste management; these topics and other subjects the dispensary has been trained about are important for proper laboratory operations. The blood testing section will serve more than 600 disadvantaged persons and Lebanese host community citizens in its first year of operation.