Our training seminar took place last February in Istanbul, Turkey and was attended by 11 physicians from all parts of Libya. The training was led by Dr. Jose Cuadros from UC Berkeley School of Optometry, who was much impressed by the diligence and hard work of the attendees, all of whom successfully completed the course. This was a “Train the Trainer” event, so this means that these 11 physicians will be able to train many other doctors, nurses and technicians in Libya.
This project is the first of its kind to become established in Libya. It is important not only for its value in treating this particular problem, which is at epidemic proportions, but in providing examples of creative approaches to medical assistance during a period of high political and social instability. We believe even modest successes in this environment can make a tremendous difference in morale and levels of local motivation.
We are currently scouting three fixed locations in Libya to serve as pilot projects. A fourth camera will be used as a mobile unit to provide screening capacity at special events in a variety of locations including shopping centers, schools, universities, libraries and downtown squares. This project has been widely reported in the press including articles published by UC Berkeley News, the Libya Herald and the Huffington Post. We are also looking forward to TV coverage of our project by an internationally syndicated news service which is planning a trip to Libya once the first pilot project is established in Tripoli or Kabaw.
This progress would not be possible without the generous financial support of our donors. Your contributions enable us to continue this work, which is truly needed. Thank you!
Co-Founder, The Avicenna Group
This notice is to let project donors know that we are merging "Libya Diabetes & Cardiac Outreach" with the newly created GlobalGiving campaign "Prevent Diabetic Blindness in Libya". The two projects are part of the same initiative, but the focus has shifted, for the time being, from general awareness building and testing, to specific initiatives to diagnose and treat diabetes-related illness. We will send out a report on the results of the "Diabetic Blindness" project, implemented in coordination with EyePacs and the University of California at Berkeley- School of Optometry, in January. Thank you again for your interest and generous support.
Dear Project Contributors--
Since the last status update, we have continued to support a variety of Libya-based medical and environmental causes (including the Libya Diabetes and Cardiac Outreach Project), and serve as an outreach proxy for organizations that drew down staff following the fatal attack on the US mission in Benghazi 2011.
Highlights of work since March include:
--Deepening our relationship with University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, and UC Berkeley, (Master's in Development Practice, Blum Center for Developing Economies). Dr. Teri Reynolds, head of emergency medicine at UCSF Global Health, recently joined our advisory board. We hope to establish a relationship between UCSF and the Libyan Diabetes & Endocrinology Association.
-- Establishing a web-based portal that matches teams of graduate students to medical-related projects in Libya (www.medmatchlibya.org). In this context, Avicenna oversaw two graduate student projects, one that resulted in a prototype emergency locator application for Benghazi (a cell-phone app that tells users where the nearest open hospital is); and a blueprint for a web-based training program around mobile ultrasound units (VSCAN).
--Continued discussions with the Libya Diabetes and Endocrinology Association (the subject of this campaign) the possiblity of funding a 20-30 bed, prefab clinic on the outskirts of Tripoli.
--Outside the medical field, we identified 6 Libyan candidates for the Summer, 2013 Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), 2 of which were accepted-- the first Libyans to participate in this prestigious, summer "Micro-MBA" for promising leaders of local environment and conservation initatives.
Without your generous support, the above work would not have been possible. We and our local partners thank you.
Ethan Chorin, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Avicenna Group
The Libyan Diabetes and Endocrinology Association (LDEA) carried out the second of two large (1000+ visitor) public testing and awareness campaigns in late 2012. An initial allocation of $3000 is in the process of being transferred to LDEA, to cover medical and logistical costs associated with the most recent event, held in Maidan Al Shuhada' (central Tripoli square). Plans are being made to support further diabetes/hypertension testing and awareness events in the near future, to which GG-raised funds will be applied. The Avicenna Group has identified two graduate students at the University of California, candidates to provide survey design and statistical analysis for an LDEA-originated health assessment within the cities of Tripoli and Al Homs. We are also actively seeking to match LDEA with architects to help with initial design of a new diabetes clinic on the outskirts of Tripoli. Avicenna Group is working to integrate LDEA into a Libya-focused medical exchange project backed by the US Embassy-Tripoli and the University of California at Berkeley.
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