Kosovo: KOMF`s position on the treatment of children affected by leukemia

Photography credits: Roxana Todea

Source: Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection (KOMF)

Leukemia is a serious disease that unfortunately does not spare children and requires very costly treatment. As such, unfortunately, this disease is emerging as a challenge to Kosovo society, having into account the number of children affected by Leukemia, in Kosovo.

From January to October 2014, 36 children were diagnosed to be affected by malignant diseases, of which 17 with leukemia in Kosovo. The Ministry of Health has ensured treatment abroad for 13 children in 2014, who are being provided treatment. The Ministry of Health has recently received two additional requests from cases with leukemia, and 21 cases are being treated within Kosovo. Of all these cases, only one failed to be treated abroad and resulted with fatality.

Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection (KOMF) issued a policy paper to express the coalition’s position on the treatment of children affected by this disease. Please download the document here (PDF).