Beirut October 14, 2015 – Baladi/RMF inaugurated a new blood testing laboratory in Deir Eimar Municipal Dispensary, Minnieh-Dinnieh district. Opening remarks at the event included a videotaped message from U.S. Ambassador David Hale to the community of Deir Eimar, in which Ambassador Hale indicated that “the community identified the need for a local blood testing unit and planned the project. America, through the BALADI initiative, was there to support them. Now, this new unit will have the capacity to provide affordable and reliable blood testing services to more than 1,600 persons every year.” This was followed by the ribbon cutting of the new blood testing laboratory by RMF Executive Director Mr. Michel Moawad, the Mayor, municipal council members of Deir Eimar, and the community.
The USAID contribution of $120,000 to establish the blood testing laboratory included equipment, machines, laboratory instruments, and staff training, as well as access installations for persons with physical challenges. The municipality of Deir Eimar also contributed $22,000 to rehabilitate the new premises. The new laboratory will improve health conditions in the community as it provides a wide range of blood tests that were not available in the area. In addition, the laboratory will collaborate with the local NGO (Arc En Ciel), specialized in medical waste management, to properly dispose medical wastes generated from the blood testing section.
The five-year USAID BALADI program supports municipal-led development activities benefitting 58 municipalities throughout Lebanon. In 2015, the program will select an additional 40 activities to support municipalities that work inclusively with citizens to undertake needed community development activities.