Australian districts leading the way in Beirut

The RAWCS Australian Beirut Rebuilding Committee has received a recommended project from the Rotary Beirut Disaster Committee, with an assessment and sustainability report for providing medical equipment to the delivery and nursing departments of the neonatal and newborn unit at the Saint Georges Hospital University Medical Centre.

This is a significant first project considering one of Beirut’s Rotary club presidents was killed at the hospital from shattering glass during the explosion. As an act of kindness, he was visiting a friend in the hospital at the time, but never made it home.

From the sadness of his passing comes new life through installing new medical equipment.

The committee has submitted a global grant application to The Rotary Foundation for the refurbishment of the obstetrics department, with Australian districts providing 80 per cent of the cost of the US$91,000 project.

Further donations can be made at

For an understanding of what it was like inside the St Georges Hospital at the time of the explosion watch the video above.