Lebanon’s economic crisis and medicine shortage are now threatening the treatment and survival of children with cancer.
The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL), a non-profit that treats children with cancer, has begun campaigning to raise funds for importing medications that are out-of-stock in Lebanon.
In an email sent out by CCCL, the center urged for help to secure an out-of-stock medication that is critical to every child with leukemia, a form of cancer that has a 92% cure rate.
Each vial costs $2,239, said CCCL, and 530 vials are required to cover the need of 11 hospitals across Lebanon that depend on the non-profit.
This amounts to over $1 million needed to secure the urgently-needed medication.
“It is unacceptable to lower this survivorship percentage because a medication was not secured,” wrote CCCL.
“It is unacceptable because this percentage is not a number. This percentage is kids with names, parents, siblings, and friends at school.”
50% of child cancer patients in Lebanon depend on the CCCL for treatment. “It’s not just a matter of medications. It’s a matter of life or death!” CCCL said.
Speaking to The961, CCCL said, “Unfortunately, the situation is very bad.”
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Child Cancer Patients Are Lacking Critical Medication To Survive In Lebanon