Category Archives: Health

A Blood Donation Campaign On Ashoura

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Who is Hussain? and Donner Sang Compter Lebanon in collaboration with AUB MC are organizing a blood donation campaign today in commemoration of Ashoura.

This special blood drive aims to encourage those who commemorate Ashoura to “give blood for those who need it most and be like Hussain”. It will take place at the Crowne Plaza Beirut between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm and the units will be donated to the Children Cancer Center at AUB.

For those of you who are not familiar with Ashoura, it is commemorated by Shi’a Muslims as a mourning day for the martyrdom of Hussein, the son of Ali and grandson of Prophet Mohammad during the Battle of Karbala some 1300 years ago. Re-enacting the battle has been long a tradition among the Shiite communities and involves in few areas self-flagellation in order to remember the blood that Hussein shed for them. Abbas cookies are also made during this day and they are quite good!

About That Anti-Drugs Flash Mob in USJ

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Yesterday, rumors spread that an USJ student had a stroke due to a Captagon overdose and was rushed to the hospital. The news also said that he overdosed after he had an argument with the drug dealer on campus which doesn’t really make any sense.

تعرض الطالب كارل ضاهر إلى نوبة جراء تناوله لجرعة زائدة من حبوب الكبتاغون إثر خلاف مع المروجة وزميلته في كلية الطب في جامعة القديس يوسف في منطقة المتحف ليا ونّس.

As it turns out, it was all part of a flash mob organized by the Lebanese Forces Students at USJ and the USJ administration to raise awareness on drug abuse. Of course the initiative is a good one but that’s not really a flash mob or at least that’s a badly executed one because a flash mob consists of a “large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse” and more importantly they should be spreading the video online to make the proper impact.

The only video I found online was the one of the young man being taken to the hospital which is misleading of course. If they’re planning on releasing one later on this week, it would be too late as the so-called flash mob is already over.

All in all, I’m not trying to criticize the anti-drugs campaign led by these students and the USJ administration but they should have advertised it in a better way to reach a larger audience and make the story go viral.

PS: On another note, the anti-drugs billboards were spot on. I loved the slogans used.


#ABCMissionPink On The Way

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ABC Lebanon is launching a very cool breast cancer awareness campaign during October and I’m proudly taking part in it. To be honest, I am not a big fan of photo shoots (even at my wedding) and ads and I rarely share pictures of myself but this is for a good cause so I thought I give it a try and it was actually fun!

In fact, I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on the [teaser video] which is great and I’m thankful to everyone! Stay tuned as the revealer video will be out sometime this week.

PS: It took me 3 to 4 minutes to figure out how to drive that old VW van. Switching to second gear was a true ‘Mission Impossible’ lol!

Deadly Sandstorm Hits Lebanon: Here’s How To Protect Yourself

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martyrs Wael Hamzeh / EPA

The American University of Beirut Medical Center published today few tips on how to protect yourself during the sandstorm. Five people already died and over 750 cases of asphyxiation or shortness of breath were reported so it’s important to stay safe and follow these health and safety tips:

1. Avoid going outside except when necessary. Avoid outdoor activities and keep your windows and doors closed.
2. Opt for air conditioning instead of fresh air, and make sure you do not open your car windows.
3. Use a mask or damp piece of cloth to cover your mouth and nose.
4. Avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent any eye infection. Rinse your eyes with water, and wear your eyeglasses instead of your contact lenses.
5. If you are allergic, start using antihistamines even before the symptoms start.

I would also add:

6- Avoid wearing contact lenses.
7- Drive carefully and more slowly. Pull over when visibility is low.

In case you experiencing severe trouble breathing, make sure to visit the Lebanese Red Cross (140) or contact your doctor.

sandstorm Source: AP

Beirut beach Source: AP

#UberRECYCLE Launched In Beirut: There’s No Excuse Not To Start Recycling Today

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Update: Here are the results of the campaign as shared by Uber.

I previously wrote a long post on ways to reduce waste and shared a list of Lebanese companies that recycle with all the information you need. I’m hoping that some of you have already started recycling and contacting these companies but for those who still didn’t, Uber Beirut just launched today in partnership with Live Love Beirut & Advanced Cars an initiative to encourage recycling by collecting on-demand recyclable wastes from Lebanese citizens from Uber.

All you need to do is select the UberRECYCLE Option from the app between 3pm to 8pm from July 29th through August 5th and a van will pass by to collect your bags and hand them to ARCENCIEL who will handle the recycling process. All pickups are free of charge so you have no excuse not to start recycling as of today.

Here’s how to divide your trash:
Blue bags: Plastic (i.e Water bottles, detergents, shampoo bottles, beverages…)
Black bags: Metal (i.e Tins, cans, metal caps…)
Pink: (or any other colur): Paper (i.e Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, boxes…)

If you wish to keep sending recyclable wastes to ARCENCIEL after #UberRECYCLE campaign ends, all you have to do is call 01/495561 ext 1413.


As I’ve stated in previous posts, we don’t need to wait for the government or Sukleen to start recycling and reducing waste and I’m glad to see some municipalities like Arssoun in Baabda Kaza already started doing that. We can put an end to this garbage crisis by sorting our own trash and contacting the tens of companies in Lebanon that recycle.

I’m sharing once again the list of companies that recycle in Lebanon:

Ziad Abi Chaker’s Cedar Environmental Initiative. You can read more about it [here] and contact him at the below numbers:

Office Phone: +961 1 389404
Mobile: +961 3 293222
e-mail: person Ziad Abichaker)
Address: Cedar Eco-Industrial Park, Abou Mizane, Bickfaya – Lebanon.

Here’s the full list that is being shared online:

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NAFTTEE: A Lebanese Solution To Transform Trash Into Eco-Electricity

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NAFTTEE stands for “National Advanced Formula for the Transformation of Trash into Eco-Electricity” and is a registered trademark by Indevco whose CEO is Nehmat Frem. The project emerged after the last garbage crisis that hit Lebanon but has been there for quite some time . NAFTTEE “provides a green solution for waste treatment and channel the latter into a decentralized generation of eco-electricity”, so it basically sorts and converts trash into electricity. This is exactly what we need in this country, yet our dear government is still looking for new landfill locations and more innovative and corrupt ways to pollute the country.

I don’t have a lot of information on NAFTTEE but maybe municipalities and big cities should consider investing in it to reduce waste and generate electricity. Is it possible for them to do it without coming back to the authorities? Was NAFTTEE implemented anywhere in Lebanon already? Does anyone know anything about it?

PS: I know for a fact NAFTTEE has been implemented in the state of Pennsylvania for several years now.


In Pictures: Hundreds Demonstrate In Beirut, Garbage Collection To Resume Today

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lil via Liliane Assaf

Around 1000 Lebanese demonstrated in front the Grand Serail in Beirut against corruption and the current garbage situation. I grouped some of the pictures and shared them here. Meanwhile, the government stated yesterday that garbage collection will resume on Saturday night after a temporary solution was reached to replace Naameh with other landfills whose location was not specified. I think we will soon find out where new locations are once locals start blocking roads like Naameh residents did.

Of course “temporary” is the solution to almost every crisis in Lebanon and it won’t take long before the temporary becomes final just like what happened with Naameh. Moreover, the government is still not considering recycling which is quite pathetic to say the least but again that’s not an excuse for municipalities and Lebanese not to start recycling and reduce waste.

ra4 via Ralph Aoun

ra3 via Ralph Aoun

ra via Ralph Aoun

lil (3) via Liliane Assaf

lil (2) via Liliane Assaf




Five Ways To Reduce Waste Until The Garbage Crisis Is Over

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The Naameh landfill is still closed, Sukleen stopped working, garbage is invading our streets and some idiots have started burning trash not knowing that it’s very dangerous for their health and the environment. The government failed today to reach a decision which is not surprising because the solutions offered are not feasible and Minister Mashnouq should have thought of a contingency plan before reaching this stage.

Everyone is blaming the government for the garbage crisis but I will not waste my time pointing fingers because 1) our officials are all useless and 2) we don’t need more waste. Of course tweeting and nagging online about garbage is also sort of useless, but what we can do is spread awareness and help people take action by reducing waste and not make things worse.

To begin with, I advise everyone NOT to burn trash and REPORT anyone who does that to the police because it adds to air pollution, create an unpleasant smell especially when burning plastic, rubber or painted material and can produce a range of poisonous compounds. Moreover, fire can spread to buildings and trees and damage public properties. Yesterday, several Ogero units got damaged because of these fires and Beirut’s Fire Departments stated that it “doused more 140 fires set on dumpsters across Beirut since Monday”.

How to reduce waste?

I know Lebanese will not start recycling all of a sudden but there are ways to reduce waste, so please read them carefully and try to apply them as of tomorrow morning.

1- Bring home less stuff, Buy only what you need and buy in bulk
Next time you head to the supermarket, think about what you need and how you plan to use it before you buy. Avoid buying unnecessary products or stuff that you know you will end up throwing away. Avoid individually wrapped items and buy in bulk the items (preferably recyclable) that you use regularly to save money and reduce waste.

2- Stop ordering food:
I know this will upset many restaurants but avoid ordering food for now. Cook your own meal, prepare your own sandwiches or ask your mother to cook for you. You will end pleasing your mom, eating healthier food and reducing waste.

3- Use clothes instead of paper towels in the kitchen, go paperless at work:
Whenever you’re cooking in the kitchen or cleaning, avoid using paper towels and use instead cloth rags. As for work, try to reduce the amount of papers you’re printing and use every side of a notebook. Reduce the amount of unwanted mail you get and choose to have your statements and bills sent to you by email.

4- Avoid plastic cups, bottles and bags.
You’d be surprised by how many plastic cups you throw away every day. Get your own mug to work and avoid using plastic cups. Also whenever you are shopping for stuff, try to buy a recyclable bag and avoid using plastic grocery bags. It won’t cost you a thing and some supermarkets offer them for free. As far as water is concerned, try to buy reusable water bottles instead of the plastic ones you throw away.

5- Give away or sell the stuff you don’t need
Don’t just throw stuff in the garbage. Check to see if anyone is interested in buying things you don’t need and seek NGOs and organizations that collect trash and recyclable stuff. I will post on all the companies that recycle in Lebanon to help you out.

The above steps don’t require a government decision but individual efforts from each and every one of us. I will start implementing these tips and I hope you do the same to help reduce waste, encourage recycling and protect the environment and Lebanon for the generations to come. Recycling can be achievable and I’m asking around to see how we can help municipalities start recycling the soonest.

Update: Here are the companies in Lebanon that recycle with all the information you need. Please make good use of this list and share it with all your friends.

Most of you are already familiar with Ziad Abi Chaker’s Cedar Environmental Initiative. You can read more about it [here] and contact him at the below numbers:

Office Phone: +961 1 389404
Mobile: +961 3 293222
e-mail: person Ziad Abichaker)
Address: Cedar Eco-Industrial Park, Abou Mizane, Bickfaya – Lebanon.

Here’s the full list that is being shared online:

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Support DSC Lebanon To Eliminate Blood Shortage In Lebanon!

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People rush to Donner Sang Compter when they need blood for a friend or relative but they seem to forget that such a service comes with a financial tag. Donner Sang Compter is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that links volunteer donors to patients in need of blood since 2010. DSC was able to recruit more than 15,000 blood donors, 250+ committed volunteers and was able to save more 50,000 lives in the past 5 years, which is quite remarkable!

DSC introduced the mobile blood bank in 2014, a bus equipped with world-class technologies and specialized in receiving people who want to donate blood. The bus teams up with a medical team from one of Lebanon’s hospitals and goes around different areas, universities and companies to encourage people to donate in a safe, healthy, confidential and comfortable way. That way, hospitals meet their blood demands until it is their turn again to take the bus.

dsc bank

The bus that DSC is using is old and needs a lot of rehabilitation from the inside such as new donation chairs, new equipment, maintenance, electricity, lighting and other stuff. For this purpose, Donner Sang Compter are crowdfunding the renovation of the mobile blood bank to organize more drives and eliminate blood shortage in hospitals!

DSC are in need of $30,000 and they’ve collected so far $5000. They still have 32 days left to crowdfund the remaining amount and need everyone’s support. If you can’t support with money, share the news on all social media networks and reach out to your friends and family for help. If you know any organizations or corporations that are willing to donate the whole amount or donate a bus, please let me know and I will hook them up with Donner Sang Compter.

DSC is one of the very few NGOs in Lebanon that’s doing things right and making a change. They are always there when we need them so let’s show some support this time and make this happen!

Spread the message and donate as little as 5$ to make a difference!

[Donate] here.