Acute support for children and adolescents in Lebanon (ASCAL) cooperates in Lebanon with a continuously growing network of non-profit NGOs, public and private hospitals as well as its administration staff and doctors. Without these dedicated co-operation partners and their diverse support the association’s work in Lebanon would not be possible.
Hôpital Libanais-Geitaoui is a public hospital in the area of Achrafiyeh in Beirut. It contains a big and well-equipped ward for paediatric haematology and oncology. The ward is directed by Dr. Peter Noon who is also the reference person for ASCAL. Moreover, Dr. Noon is a chairman of the non-profit association Kids First. The association supports the treatment of children and adolescents affected by cancer by granting financial help and medicine donations. Dr. Noon gives advice to ASCAL concerning medical questions and supports the establishment of contacts to the patients and their families. Another reference person at Hôpital Libanais-Geitaoui is Remie Jabbour, internal auditor. Mrs. Jabbour supports the association concerning financial and administrative issues arising between the association and the hospital.
The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) is a private, non-profit hospital in Beirut that is affiliated with the American University of Beirut. Part of the AUBMC is the Children’s Cancer Center Lebanon (CCCL), a centre for paediatric haematology and oncology. CCCL treats children and adolescents affected by cancer and set itself to treat Lebanese and non-Lebanese patients free of charge. Due to the high number of cases the quota of cost-free treatments is usually full before the end of the year. Reference persons for ASCAL are Dr. Hassan El Solh and Dr. Miguel R. Abboud. Both give advice in medical questions. At AUBMC the association cooperates intensively with the Assistant Patient Access Manager for Admissions, Mustafa Al Sabeh. Mr. Al Sabeh supports the association concerning financial and administrative issues as well as in calls for donations or the establishment of contacts in Lebanon.
The Rafik Hariri University Hospital is a public hospital in Jnah, Beirut. The hospital is provided with a ward for paediatric haematology and oncology. The ward is directed by Dr. Gladys Gemayel. Dr. Gemayel and her team support the association and its little patients with all their energy. Moreover, ASCAL cooperates with Nissrine Husseini, Head of Public Relations of the hospital and Alicia Araigi, internal auditor.
BASMA (Battling To Smile Again) is a Syrian NGO supporting Syrian children and adolescents affected by cancer financially and non-materially. As a Syrian NGO BASMA is first and foremost active within Syria. Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war and the increasing number of Syrian refugees the NGO is also involved in supporting Syrian children and adolescents affected by cancer who are currently residing in Lebanon. BASMA is a close and reliable co-operation partner of ASCAL. BASMA’s representative in Lebanon is Mayya al-Assaad. Normally, the two associations support cases together and exchange contacts.
Donner Sang Compter (DSC) is a Lebanese NGO whose aim is the establishment of a nationwide database of voluntary blood donors. Patients with cancer frequently suffer from anaemia and are therefore regularly in need of blood transfusions. ASCAL cooperates with Donner Sang Compter in case neither the hospital nor the families can find a fitting donor for the patient.