HCS operates two dialysis centers for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon in partnership with the PRCS. The treatment is provided to them for free thanks to our donors Taawon, NORWAC, and grants from UPA and ANERA.
People with kidney failure usually require dialysis 2 or 3 times per week. Each session takes 2-4 hours to complete, making it extremely difficult to maintain employment. At $450-$650 per month, the cost is more than most refugees can afford. Before HCS, no other organization covered the cost of dialysis. Many Palestinian refugees had no choice but to discontinue their life-saving treatments due to the financial burden it created for themselves and their families. Since the establishment of HCS in 1996, dialysis has become accessible to all Palestinian refugees with kidney failure.
The first HCS kidney dialysis unit opened in Hamshari Hospital in Saida in 1996. It is currently equipped to accommodate 19 patients at a time. In 2021, HCS provided more than 12,500 sessions of dialysis in the Hamshari Hospital dialysis unit.
HCS’ second kidney dialysis unit opened in Beddawi in 2016 to accommodate those beneficiaries living in northern Lebanon. Originally built in a free-standing building, it was relocated to the newly-constructed Safad Hospital within Beddawi refugee camp in early 2022. It is currently able to accommodate up to 7 beneficiaries at a time. In 2021, HCS provided over 5,000 dialysis sessions to beneficiaries receiving treatment at the Beddawi/Safad kidney dialysis unit.