Iran sanctions 'putting millions of lives at risk'
The Guardian / Saeed Kamali Dehghan
17-Oct-2012 (4 comments)

Millions of lives are at risk in Iran because western economic sanctions are hitting the importing of medicines and hospital equipment, the country's top medical charity has warned.

Fatemeh Hashemi, head of the Charity Foundation for Special Diseases, a non-government organisation supporting six million patients in Iran, has complained about a serious shortage of medicines for a number of diseases such as haemophilia, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

Sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme are not directly targeting hospitals but measures imposed on banks and trade restrictions have made life difficult for patients, according to Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Two of her siblings are in prison on separate anti-state charges.

"More than anything else, we have a lack of medicines for patients suffering from cancer and multiple sclerosis," Hashemi told the conservative website Tabnak. "Those with thalassaemia or in need of dialysis are facing difficulties too – all because of sanctions against banks or problems with transferring foreign currency."

Iran's central bank, the only official channel for Iranians to transfer money abroad, is a major target of the sanctions. Ordinary Iranians, including academics thereforehave no way of paying for services overseas, such as ... >>>


Medicines for diseases including MS & cancer

by Shepesh on

Ban Ki-moon has warned the UN that humanitarian operations in Iran are being hampered because of economic sanctions.



I agree with mohandes

by shushtari on

just put the akhoonds on a big ship and send them on a one way trip to hell.....and sink the boat in the arabian sea.

you'll see how fast the sanctions will be lifted after that!!!

the blame is squarely on the ugly heads of the akhoonds for 34 years of lies, rape, murder, stealing, and mismanagement! 


it shows

by Rastin on

what the IRI and their supporters are made of. If they have a beef with Zionists/the Western powers/[...], then so be it - but why take +75 million Iranians hostage in the process?

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory (courtesy of Bavafa)

Dr. Mohandes

Then why don't you

by Dr. Mohandes on

Assholes back the f...down and start working with the international community.

Forget about your ammameh-laden dreams and stupid unpopular ambitions. get the F...down off ur high horses and start playing ball.