UNICEF procures specialized wound dressings for children suffering from EB in Iran

12 May 2020
Children with EB
UNICEF Iran/2020/Sayyari

Thanks to the generous financial support of the Government of Germany, UNICEF has procured and shipped to Iran specialized wound dressings for children suffering from EB, also known as butterfly disease. The request was made by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education to UNICEF.

The wound dressings, a product of the Swedish pharmaceutical company Mölnlycke, were procured by UNICEF Global Supply Hub in Copenhagen. Weighing 5.8 metric tons, this shipment of wound dressings will be delivered to the Ministry of Health for handover to Iran’s EB Home Foundation and further distribution among families with EB children in various provinces.

According to Iran’s Ministry of Health, registered EB children are receiving free diagnostic and treatment services via public Health Centres in Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad, Kerman, Kermanshah, Ahvaz, Rasht, Tehran and Arak.

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare hereditary disease that causes children to have very fragile skin and develop blisters or wounds like third-degree burns which are quite painful.  The condition usually manifests in infancy or early childhood. EB has no cure, although symptoms of mild forms of the disease can improve with age.

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