Qatar, Malta offer assistance to Libyan children

March 7, 2012

Qatar and Malta have launched a programme to provide medical treatment for 100 Libyan children in the European country, Qatari and Maltese media have reported.

Under the programme, 20 children from various cities of Libya will be treated every month for the next five months, Qatari Arabic daily Al Arab reported.

The Times of Malta reported that a group of Libyan children, considered “forgotten” cases as they could not continue receiving medication for their illnesses during the war, were treated at Mater Dei Hospital at the government’s expense.

“They could be children who would not have been able to have chemotherapy for a year and their tumour has now grown larger, causing all sorts of other ailments,” Vanessa Frazier, defence director, said. “Much of the focus then was on the injured but there are other types of injuries. They are cases that were put on the backburner due to the war. But they are still victims of war,” she said, quoted by the Maltese daily.

Malta is providing the medical services and host nation support while the Qatari government provides funds and accommodation for patients and their accompanying guardians.

Given the state of affairs of the health system in Libya, the idea is to ease the strain on their medical services until they are able to rebuild them, Health Minister Joe Cassar said.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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