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 170 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 thalassemia children's life-saving treatment. Now, there are several improvements to the clinic that will save more children's lives including medical equipment and medical training for doctors.
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Roya is an 8-year old girl from Laghman, Afghanistan. Like many children in the region, Roya has been diagnosed with Thalassemia, a blood disorder where there are fewer red blood cells in the body than normal. Roya has a severe form of the disorder, which results in an enlarged spleen that is deadly if not treated. For her treatment, Roya had treatment in Iran. Child Foundation and partner organizations organized visas and plane travel to Iran on January 27, 2019. A generous donor covered the majority of medical expenses.
As of 2019, Roya and her parents safely arrived in Iran and she was administered to the Dr. Sheikh Hospital in Mashad for treatment. Her recovery is a win for us all. In honor of Roya, we are raising funds for other Afghan children that require medical care. For more severe cases such as Roya’s, surgery or hospitalization is needed. Your tax-deductible donation can help other children like Roya get treatment and go back to being a child and attending school.
What is Thalassemia
Thalassemia (thal-uh-SEE-me-uh) is an inherited blood disorder characterized by less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells in your body than normal. Hemoglobin is the substance in your red blood cells that allows them to carry oxygen. The low hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells of thalassemia may cause anemia, leaving you fatigued.