LEBANON / NEWBORNS INTENSIVE CARE

08-Aug-2017 00:02:22
Lebanese non-governmental organization Birth and Beyond is working with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to ensure that newborns to the poorest Lebanese and refugee families can receive the quality care they deserve. UNHCR
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STORY: LEBANON / NEWBORNS INTENSIVE CARE
TRT: 02:53
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 JULY 2017, BEIRUT, LEBANON
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24 JULY 2017, BEIRUT, LEBANON

1. Various shots, nurses checking on babies in ICU incubators
2. Med shot, baby in incubators
3. Rack focus, monitor to baby in incubator
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Sacy, Founder, Birth and Beyond:
“In all Lebanon, for example, there is something like 30 beds of paediatric intensive care, and we have 4 of those 30 beds. And you know, all intensive care costs a big amount of money.”
5. Various shots, babies in incubators
6. Med shot, parents checking on Aya in incubator
7. Close ups, Aya in incubator
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed, Aya’s Father, Syrian Refugee:
“Aya was here alone for two day and they took great care of her.”
9. Various shots, Aya being swaddled by mother
10. Wide shot, hallway
11. Close up, monitoring machine
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Woodman, Senior Health Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“They are able to contribute the share that UNHCR is not able to cover. So I think this is a massive benefit to refugees that they can effectively receive quality care free of charge.”
13. Rack focus, baby in ICU bed
14. Wide shot, baby in ICU bed
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Sacy, Founder, Birth and Beyond:
“I don’t understand why poor people should not have the right to be treated the same way as rich people.”
16. Pan right, incubators
17. Close ups, baby in incubator
STORYLINE
Lebanese non-governmental organization (NGO) Birth and Beyond is working with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to ensure that newborns to the poorest Lebanese and refugee families can receive the quality care they deserve.

UNHCR said about twelve percent of babies born to refugee mothers in Lebanon require neonatal intensive care, but the high cost of specialized medicine puts it out of reach of too many.

This is the neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Beirut’s Qarantina public hospital

Here, babies born into poverty, get first-rate care thanks to a new pediatric ward built by Birth and Beyond.

SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Sacy, Founder, Birth and Beyond:
“In all Lebanon, for example, there is something like 30 beds of paediatric intensive care, and we have four of those 30 beds. And you know, all intensive care costs a big amount of money.”

Birth and Beyond aims to serve all underprivileged families. About 60 percent of the babies here are refugees.

Aya was born with jaundice. Her parents fled from Idlib in Syria. Her father said the care she received at this ward was exemplary.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed, Aya’s Father, Syrian Refugee:
“Aya was here alone for two day and they took great care of her.”

UNHCR said it covers 90 percent of the hospital bill and the NGO covers the rest.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Woodman, Senior Health Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“They are able to contribute the share that UNHCR is not able to cover. So I think this is a massive benefit to refugees that they can effectively receive quality care free of charge.”

Birth and Beyond Founder Robert Sacy said his NGO plans on expanding the ward to include an obstetrics department.

SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Sacy, Founder, Birth and Beyond:
“I don’t understand why poor people should not have the right to be treated the same way as rich people.”

The NGO also aims to replicate the ward in other public hospitals.
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