The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) signed an agreement worth $5.7 million to meet the essential medicine, personnel and equipment needs of children with cancer in Libya.
In a statement made by the WHO, it was stated that, within the scope of the fund, the hospital expenses of 722 children registered in the children’s hospitals in Tripoli and Benghazi will be covered for 18 months and the children there will be subjected to special care.
NOC President Mustafa Sanallah was also present at the signing ceremony.
The WHO Chief of Mission in Libya, Elizabeth Hoff, stated that 80 percent of children in high-income countries survived cancer, the same figure was around 30 percent in Libya.
While thanking the NOC for its support, Hoff noted that the equipment and medication list was created based on data from seven different hospitals in Libya.
In addition to this, the Organization announced that it will provide training on oncology and patient care to Libyan healthcare personnel in coordination with the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Italy.