Donated medicines soothe skin ailments in Gaza
By IHP, Oct 13 2016 03:25PM
When the mother of four-year-old Malek Harara discovered dark spots and blemishes on his neck and back, she acted fast. She took him to Shejaiya’s only clinic run by where local mothers get up early to wait in line with their children. The clinic is run by IHP partner, ANERA.
The dermatologist, Dr. Rami, diagnosed him with tinea corporis, or ringworm, a type of fungal skin infection. During summer, skin problems are more common due to the high temperatures. This is exacerbated by lack of access to clean water to bathe as well as the litter and overflowing sewage in some of the busiest areas.
The medicine used to treat Malek was part of a shipment delivered to 18 clinics and hospitals in Gaza. With access challenges into Gaza and limited health budgets for the clinics, these supplies bring health as well as hope for children like Malek.