Lebanon’s economic crisis and drug shortages now threaten the treatment and survival of children with cancer.
The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL), a nonprofit organization that treats children with cancer, has started campaigns to raise money to import drugs that are out of stock in Lebanon.
In an email sent by CCCL, the center urged help to obtain an out-of-stock medication that is critical for any child with leukemia, a cancer that has a 92% cure rate.
Each vial costs $2,239, CCCL said, and it takes 530 vials to meet the needs of 11 hospitals in Lebanon that depend on the nonprofit.
This amounts to more than $1 million needed to obtain the urgently needed medication.
“It is unacceptable to lower this survival rate because a drug has not been secured,” CCCL wrote.
“It is unacceptable because this percentage is not a number. This percentage is children with names, parents, siblings and friends in school.”
50% of pediatric cancer patients in Lebanon depend on the CCCL for treatment. “It’s not just a matter of drugs. It’s a matter of life or death!” according to CCCL.
Speaking to The961, CCCL said, “Unfortunately, the situation is very bad.”
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