Cancer care in Lebanon and its financial burden

The incredible challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis are significant and the new pressures and vulnerabilities brought forth by the pandemic make navigating cancer even more difficult.
by Tala Ramadan

15 June 2020 | 12:00

Source: by Annahar

  • by Tala Ramadan
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 15 June 2020 | 12:00

In this January 2019 image made from video provided by Penn Medicine, IV bags of CRISPR-edited T cells are prepared for administering to a patient at the Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: In the midst of the pandemic, cancer patients are more vulnerable than ever.

Whether through navigating changes in the healthcare systems or addressing the challenges in an uncertain economy, several cancer care centers and organizations are facing barriers that have complicated their ability to complete their work.

The Faire Face Cancer Association is one of the victims of the financial crisis.

Origins of the Mission

The Faire Face Cancer Association is a non-governmental organization that was established in 1995 by a group of oncologists, nurses, and psychotherapists. Faire Face’s aim was to create a space for support and solidarity and give cancer patients the opportunity to share their concerns and experiences with other patients and specialists.

“Our volunteers visit cancer patients during their treatment phase, bringing them gifts, newspapers, and magazines, or anything that can help them pass time with,” Anne Frangie, founder of Fair Face, told Annahar, “In addition to that, Faire Face is always ready to pay what the hospitals and CNSS do not cover. We also offer free wigs and mammary prosthesis for cancer patients and survivors.”

Burdens Faced

Fair Face currently faces a number of challenges: From transporting patients to and from treatment without exposing them to others who might be infected with COVID-19, to easing financial concerns of patients who have recently lost their income as a result of business closings and addressing the emotions of patients who already feel isolated.

With the rise of the novel coronavirus, the system that the association developed suddenly ceased function. The pandemic has hampered the ability of the association to host fundraising and awareness events, and thus, the NGO is in need of funds now more than ever.

Increasing Chances of Survival

The incredible challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis are significant and the new pressures and vulnerabilities brought forth by the pandemic make navigating cancer even more difficult. Now more than ever, unrestricted and flexible funding plays a vital role, a donation of any size will support.

“We would like to let people know that sooner or later, the coronavirus will be cured by vaccines, whereas cancer is a critical disease that will remain until further notice. Help us save lives and give health and happiness,” Frangie told Annahar.

If you are able to make a donation contact Fair Face Cancer Association on 01 395 965 or 03 29 59 65.

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