The Wider Image: Syria sanctions indirectly hit child cancer treatment
Syrian girl Rahma plays with a mobile phone on her bed, as she receives treatment for cancer at Damascus Children's Hospital. With funds from Kuwait, the WHO has delivered life-saving medicine including to more than 16,000 cancer patients, of whom thousands are children with leukaemia. But this does not meet demand. Besides cancer medication, there are critical shortages of insulin, anaesthetics, specific antibiotics needed for intensive care, serums, intravenous fluids and other blood products and vaccines, Hoff said.