UNICEF procures specialized wound dressings for children suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) in Iran, with financial support of the Swedish Government

23 August 2022

Tehran, 23 August 2022- Thanks to the financial support from the Government of Sweden, UNICEF, on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has procured and shipped specialized wound dressings for children suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), also known as butterfly disease. The request was made by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education. 

UNICEF Representative in Iran, Dr. Robin Nandy, said: “UNICEF supports efforts to protect children by mitigating the negative impact of the sanctions on them. UNICEF, WHO and MOHME conducted a mapping of the health impact of sanctions on the treatment of childhood illnesses and conditions. Treatment of EB, particularly the procurement of these specialized bandages from the international market has been impacted by sanctions, and UNICEF supported the government’s request in procuring these commodities. We believe that humanitarian operations and interventions should not be disrupted under any circumstances. I sincerely thank the Government of Sweden for their kind financial support in procuring these bandages.” 

The wound dressings, a product of the Swedish pharmaceutical company Mölnlycke, were procured by the UNICEF Global Supply Hub in Copenhagen. Weighing 4.4 metric tons, the first shipment of the wound dressings was delivered to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education for further distribution among families with EB children across the country. In 2020, UNICEF with support from the German Government shipped 5.8 metric tons of EB wound dressings to Iran. 

According to the Ambassador of Sweden to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Mattias Lentz: “The Government of Sweden is happy to have been able to support UNICEF financially in the procurement of the EB bandages, which will help alleviate the suffering of those in Iran affected by the EB disease, many of whom are children. The lack of availability of certain medicines and health products in Iran is a humanitarian concern, affected by the impact of the sanctions regime on financial transactions. We do hope a solution will be found and will continue to support such a solution”.   

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare hereditary disease that causes children to have very fragile skin and develop painful blisters or wounds, like third-degree burns. 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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