Healthcare Equality

Healthcare is the primary pillar upon which we base our actions.
Health equality implies that every person has the same opportunity to get healthcare. Unfortunately, many social and economic or even cultural factors can limit, even prevent a person to access good health practices and care.
Reducing or overcoming these difficulties and obstacles cannot be achieved easily, definitely can’t be done by a person alone, especially in a country where health inequities are common, and disparities widely spread.
To address these problems, Nawraj has been long engaged in providing alternatives to ensure proper healthcare to vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Here are case stories about Nawraj multi-level initiatives:

Primary Healthcare

Baskinta Medical Center
The Baskinta Medical Center (BMC) is located at Mar Sassine Monastery compound in Baskinta. Once rehabilitated, the medical center is planned to be backed by a Red Cross center, in an adjacent building, within the Monastery property. BMC includes several clinics:
1 Pediatrics, 1 Cardiology, 1 Gynecology, 1 Ophthalmology, 1 ENT, 1 Dentistry, 1 ER; 1 Pharmacy, 1 Laboratory, 1 Digital Radiology & Echography, 1 CSSD. 6 Patient rooms, 2 Waiting areas, 3 Offices.

Goals & Objectives
The reactivation of the Baskinta Medical Center (BMC) is a necessity, as it is intended to:

  • Cater to 6 neighboring communities: nearest hospital being around 45 minutes away by car; bad driving conditions in winter (snow).
  • Provide specialized medical personnel, emergency and evacuation services.
  • Improve drastically medical services by serving more adequately local residents and 3,500 Syrian refugees (in Baskinta).
  • Ensure that this marginalized region at the heart of the Christian mainland be supported and with the minimum required medical services to maintain its population in their villages.

A New Impetus
On March 22, 2024, Notre Dame des Secours University Hospital and Baskinta Medical Center signed a cooperation agreement sponsored and supported by Nawraj. The agreement gives the primary care center a new impetus. Thanks to Nawraj's ongoing efforts, the university teaching hospital will manage the Center entirely, promoting and developing it into a day hospital.

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Common Objectives
  • Secure the basic right of underserved populations to quality healthcare.
  • Reduce the cost of access to medical care for vulnerable families.
  • Provide accessible care, preventive medicine, and first aid to residents.
  • Offer services to a population that has long been deprived of this fundamental right.
  • Ensure the sustainability of the project.
  • Maintain the presence of these populations in their villages.

Baskinta is a mountainous village, with an altitude of 1,250 to 1,800 meters above sea level, 44 km east of Beirut and the access is through narrow roads. Baskinta is geographically privileged, as it stands at the crossroad of neighboring Christian villages, while lying at the foot of Mount Sannine, making Baskinta a critical location in the region.

In Baskinta and its immediate the surroundings live around 10,000 persons in winter and more than 35,000 during summer.

Harsh mountainous conditions in winter, with snow covering the area, keeping this cluster of villages isolated from the coastal regions.

Economic Situation
Long neglected by the State, having suffered during the war, residents live in this part of the country on low-income activities, mainly based on agriculture, small food production and rural tourism (hiking).
Local inhabitants usually come from a poor rural background and cannot afford to travel to hospitals in Beirut for consultation and diagnosis.

Key Dates

  • 1986: BMC was delivering medical consultations thanks to 9 Doctors specialized in: Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Otorhinolaryngology, Geriatric, Orthopedics, Pneumonology, Dentistry.
  • 1990: Opening of the laboratory.
  • 2001: Nawraj intervention: Expansion (new ward) and rehabilitation of the 1st floor; increasing the number of consultation rooms; ensuring necessary medical equipment; renewing the roof top.
  • 2022: The Lebanese Association of the Order of Malta is currently running the dispensary providing medical consultations and distributing medicine (provided by the YMCA).
  • 2023: Official inauguration of the Center in presence of the Minister of Health, Dr. Firas Abiyad.

BMC Donors
Evangelische Landerskirche in Württemberg (Germany)
L’Œuvre d’Orient (France)
SNF France (France)
Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
Chedraoui Fund (Baskinta, Lebanon)
Lebanese Private Donors

Insurance Policy

Healthcare being one of its priority programs, Nawraj is proud to have initiated a competitive, attractive and comprehensive medical insurance program to include low-income persons and families, in collaboration with Bankers Assurance.

  • A wide bracket of beneficiaries including up to 85 years old people.
  • A network of over 40 hospitals along 30 medical laboratories across Lebanon.


Nawraj has been consistently dedicated to strengthening the presence and role of dispensaries, especially in remote villages or vulnerable regions, across the country. Nawraj's interventions span from providing support in terms of equipment and supplies, to collaborating with the objective of improving and advancing healthcare services, to developing dispensaries into full-fledged primary care centers.

Healthcare Services

Within Hotel Dieu de France Family Medicine Center and as part of their “Service Spécial", Nawraj beneficiaries have access to the following health care services, thanks to an agreement with this University Hospital Center: