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EU AND LIBYA LAUNCH AIDS ACTION PLAN IN BENGHAZI.

The European Commission signed a memorandum of understanding with the Libyan authorities on September 5 on an action plan to tackle AIDS in Benghazi. EU and Libyan experts held their first operational meeting on September 6. The action plan aims to provide urgent policy advice and technical support to the Libyan health authorities and upgrade the capacity of the Benghazi Centre for Infectious Diseases and Immunology (BCIDI) to international standards. The action plan was launched by the EU in November 2004 following the infection of more than 400 children and mothers with HIV/AIDS. It is being implemented jointly with the Libyan authorities. The plan provides for the continuous presence of European doctors and technicians in Benghazi offering specialist advice on the treatment of patients, systems for safe blood transfusion, laboratory analysis, hospital management and social reintegration of HIV-infected persons and their families into Libyan society.

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Publication:European Report
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Geographic Code:6LIBY
Date:Sep 10, 2005
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