Thalassemia Treatment Fund


Thalassemia is a blood disorder that is prevalent throughout much of southeast Asia. Child Foundation funds the only free thalassemia pediatric clinic in Afghanistan which treats nearly 200 patients who need blood transfusions and treatment three to four times a month. In Afghanistan, treatment is extremely hard to come by and without regular medical care children may not live past their fifth birthday. The clinic is part of Mazar-e Sharif Hospital and was the first to import the drug Deferasirox for life-saving treatment. Several improvements to the clinic will save more children's lives including medical equipment and medical training for doctors.
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Thalassemia Story: Zoleykha

Zoleykha is a young girl living with beta thalassemia. Earlier this year, she was in dire need of surgery, but the city where she lives, Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, doesn’t have sufficient medical expertise or facilities to provide the care she needed.

With the help of donors, Child Foundation funded Zoleykha’s travel to Kabul and urgent surgery. Thankfully, the surgery went great! She has since recovered and says she’s “feeling well now!”

World Thalassemia Day

In honor of World Thalassemia Day, on May 8th, Child Foundation is fundraising to help provide essential treatment to children in Afghanistan suffering from thalassemia. We hope you’ll help us on our way to our fundraising goal of $5,000.

Your tax-deductible donation can help other children like Zoleykha get treatment and go back to being a child and attending school. And with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, you’ll also be helping relieve the constant worry that parents of children with thalassemia face. Every parent and child in the world deserves health, happiness, and peace of mind.