Kuwait Fund collaborates with UNICEF to provide cancer drugs to children in Syria [EN/AR] – Syrian Arab Republic

4,000 vulnerable children with cancer will have access to life-saving cancer treatment drugs nationwide

DAMASCUS/KUWAIT, 13 March 2022 – At the end of January 2022, UNICEF received the first batch of life-saving cancer drugs for more than 4,000 Syrian children. These drugs are an integral part of cancer treatment and they will increase the chances of children surviving childhood cancer in the country. The drugs were provided under the $2.77 million grant agreement signed by the Kuwait Fund and UNICEF in late August 2021, dedicated to the purchase of cancer drugs for children in Syria.

“The ongoing conflict and economic downturn has had a devastating effect on children’s access to health services in Syria for more than a decade, putting the lives of thousands of people with potentially treatable conditions at risk,” said said UNICEF Representative in Syria Bo Viktor Nylund. “We are grateful for the continued partnership with Kuwait. This generous support will allow UNICEF to reach children with cancer with much-needed cancer drugs and support them and their families during a difficult time.

The new contribution from the Kuwait Fund follows a recent US$4 million grant supporting UNICEF’s response to COVID-19.

“Once again, the Kuwait Fund is stepping in to help UNICEF save lives,” said Eltayeb Adam, UNICEF Representative in the Gulf region. “Fighting and surviving cancer is no small feat in any country, but a conflict zone is truly the worst environment for children with cancer. With this generous donation, the Kuwait Fund sends a message of hope to these children and their families: you are not alone and you can survive this. »

The State of Kuwait has played an important and vital role in supporting UNICEF since 2010; making it one of UNICEF’s largest donors in the Middle East and North Africa region through its support of the organization’s programs for children as well as its support for the development aid to improve living conditions in many countries in the region.

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