After over two months of fighting cancer at home, Salma’s mother has landed a coveted bed in a public hospital outside Beirut but that does not guarantee her access to treatment amid Lebanon’s deepening socio-economic crisis.

Lebanon is experiencing a severe shortage of chronic disease medication, which takes a heavy toll on those in need of chemotherapy and other specialized medical care in the country that registered about 17,300 cancer cases and 9,000 linked deaths in 2018, according to figures from the Global Cancer Observatory.