Funding will assist long-time partner International Medical
Corps with medical response for survivors of catastrophic explosion
in Lebanon's capital city
International Medical Corps is coordinating closely with
other responders to quickly provide help to overwhelmed hospitals
and health facilities in Beirut
DUBAI, UAE, Aug. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Amgen
Foundation today announced a $100,000
commitment to International Medical Corps to provide immediate
support following the massive explosions in Beirut. The
humanitarian aid organization has been on the ground working in
Lebanon since 2006 and is a
long-time partner of the Amgen Foundation for international relief
efforts. In a city that already faces a crippling financial crisis
and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this latest grant will help
survivors of the Beirut explosion
access lifesaving care.
"The impact of the explosion in Beirut is devastating. We are grateful for the
work being done on the frontlines by those who are providing
much-needed aid for the overwhelmed hospitals and health
facilities," said Mohamed Nasser,
Amgen Middle East and Africa
general manager. "Together with the International Medical Corps we
will support deployment of critical medical staff, supplies and
healthcare for those affected by the explosion."
Teams are mobilizing urgently needed supplies and staff, and are
deploying mobile medical units to provide care to affected
communities. Support also includes mental health services to
survivors of this catastrophe.
"Amgen Foundation's generous support will help us provide
critical, timely assistance to the families affected by the
disaster in Beirut," said
Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of
International Medical Corps. "With staff, equipment and supplies
already in country, we have been able to provide immediate medical
care—and will meet the longer-term needs caused by the explosion,
including health and mental health services, and activities that
help restart healthcare services in Beirut."
About International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian organization
dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering. Established in
1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, the nonprofit has no
political or religious affiliation, and now has more than 7,000
staff members around the world, more than 90% of whom are local.
International Medical Corps delivers emergency medical and related
services to those affected by conflict, disaster and disease, no
matter where they are, no matter what the conditions. With the
flexibility to respond rapidly to emergencies, it also offers
training to people at the highest risk, working to strengthen local
healthcare systems and promote self-reliance.
For more information, visit InternationalMedicalCorps.org.
About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science
education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest
in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members
live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated over $325
million to local, regional, and international nonprofit
organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative
ways. The Amgen Foundation brings the excitement of
discovery to the scientists of tomorrow through several signature
programs, including Amgen Scholars and
the Amgen Biotech Experience.
For more information, visit AmgenInspires.com and
follow on Twitter @AmgenFoundation.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for
patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering,
developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human
therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced
human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and
understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and
leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health
outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology
pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the
world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached
millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline
of medicines with breakaway potential.
For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow
on Twitter @Amgen.
Darby Sedighan, 805-490-1179
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