Lebanon has been witnessing extraordinary challenges that commenced at the end of the summer of 2019. The country had been going through a major financial crisis that further worsened with a nationwide uprising that started in October of that year. As anticipated, the fear of unforeseen protests and road disruptions, along with a sharp decline in the purchasing power of the Lebanese population, severely affected the approach and access of patients to medical care. This subsequently led to a sharp decline in the number of outpatient visits and inpatient admissions at almost all medical centers. Lebanon was not aware that an even more ferocious challenge awaited its healthcare sector.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic emerged and its burden on Lebanon was heavily felt only few months into its progressively worsening financial crisis. The combined effect of the local economic situation and worldwide COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on the Lebanese population in general and the healthcare sector in particular. As such, the personal and professional lives of residents, fellows, and their families across the country were significantly impacted.