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Who we are
The Chronic Care Center is a medico-social institution, specialized in the treatment and follow-up of childhood chronic diseases: Thalassemia and Type I Diabetes.
Know The Signs
I drink a lot and feel thirsty all the time. I have frequent urination. I am always tired and hungry. I eat well yet lose weight.
Am I diabetic?
You should consult your physician. He will ask for blood glucose level and other tests to make sure if you have diabetes.
The idea to create a specialized center for the treatment and follow-up of childhood chronic diseases came in 1992, as an answer to urgent needs expressed by the medical community and the families of patients. Lebanon's fifteen years of upheaval (1975-1990) resulted in a complete destruction of its infrastructure, and the public health sector was no exception to the rule.

As such, hundreds of young thalassemics and diabetics were doomed to their tragic fate due to high cost of chronic treatment; they were not entitled to benefit from any insurance coverage and were never included in agendas of non-profit organizations.

As such and with the moral and financial commitment of a group of volunteers and friends, the First lady of Lebanon Mrs. Mouna Haraoui, decided in 1992 to respond to this emerging crisis. Basic outreach and medico-social support services were first provided in the basement of a hotel space in Beirut.
Roll over the time line below to get a brief about the evolution of the Center since it's opening
November / 12
Construction site at Baabda, Lebanon.
The first stone was laid down on the new construction site at Baabda, Lebanon.
May / 29

A memorable telethon held by the Chronic Care Center succeeded in mobilizing a whole nation and marked for the first time in post war Lebanon, a significant social action and solidarity movement for the fight against Thalassemia and Insulin Dependent Diabetes.

Telethon 1993 raised the unprecedented amount of L.L.2.608.171.863. This major event followed by several fundraising campaigns in Lebanon and aboard created an admiral network of love and solidarity towards the children suffering from chronic diseases, and permitted to achieve the construction and equipment of the Center.
January / 22
The Chronic Care Center's Association
The Chronic Care Center's Association has been officially founded by ministerial decree number: 18/AD.
June / 08
The Inauguration Ceremony
An official Ceremony was held in the presence of local dignitaries, key official leaders and scientists from all over the world.
The Inauguration Ceremony was followed by Concert Magida El Roumy and Gala Dinner at Al Bustan Hotel.
June / 01
Transfusion Unit & Blood Bank service

Transfusion Unit & Blood Bank service was established in order to provide a comprehensive service to the thalassemics.

May / 01
Collaboration Agreement
Formulation of a non-profit Collaboration agreement between Harvard School of Public Health and the Chronic Care Center in order to expand the scope of its activities to include Genetics research.
March / 01
Genetics Research Laboratory
Inauguration of the Genetics Research Laboratory.
December / 01
The Gift Corner
A new source of funding for the Center was created: the Gift Corner.
June / 01
The Chronic Care Center celebrated its 10th Anniversary

The Chronic Care Center celebrated its 10th Anniversary. 10 years of commitment to improve patients' quality of life and promote healthy generations. 10 years, a determination for one cause and one mission: "treating today's disease and promoting tomorrow's health"       .

- Tenth Anniversary Gala Dinner

On Saturday, June 12, 2004, at 8h30 pm at Biel, Pavillon Royal, Beirut

- Tenth Anniversary Conference

The Center organized on June 17-19, 2004, a Conference on Advances in the Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes and Thalassemia as well as on new avenues in the field of Genetics.


The Chronic Care Center is the result of countless generous efforts. It will be impossible to list in this document the names of all the Center friends who have supported its action in the past and are still supporting it now. Their names are forever engraved in the entrance hall and in the hearts of our children.