UNICEF procured nebulizers for children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis in Iran

17 March 2021
UNICEF procured nebulizers for children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis in Iran
Ministry of Health, Iran

Tehran, 17 March 2021- At the request of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and funded by donations received from Tejarat Bank, Saman Bank and Edge Business Group, UNICEF has so far procured and shipped to Iran 160 best quality nebulizers for children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis(CF) disease, who are highly vulnerable to serious complications or death from COVID-19. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that mostly affects lungs, where it causes a buildup of sticky mucus, which leads to difficulties in breathing and frequent lung infections. All Cystic Fibrosis medication must be used through inhalation via nebulizers.

In Iran, it is estimated that 1,800 children living with this disease are registered with the Ministry of Health and receive treatment and medication. While there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a range of treatments can help control the symptoms, prevent or reduce complications, and make the condition easier to live with. In addition, the treatments help increase the life expectancy of these children.

The new high-quality nebulizers were distributed via medical universities among children with CF in different provinces. These nebulizers considerably shorten the time of medication inhalation for CF children, are lightweight and low-noise and significantly increase the quality of life of children suffering from CF. Due to sanctions and associated complications, the Ministry of Health indicated to UNICEF its request for support to import the much-needed light weight nebulizers. Pending future availability of funds, more nebulizers are expected to be procured.

 

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