Emergency Care and Healthcare Leadership in Libya

Watch True Story Media's video for Ujenzi, "Bridge to Benghazi." This video explains how an why partners have joined together to bring emergency medical services and healthcare leadership to eastern Libya.

In February 2013, a delegation of three medical leaders at Benghazi Medical Center-- Dr. Laila Bugaighis (Deputy Direct General of BMC), Dr. Nairma Gaubaa (Director of Neonatology and Cardiology at BMC), and Dr. Naseralla Guma El Saadi (Clinical Director of BMC)-- visited Massachusetts General Hospital and Seattle Children's Hospital. The medical centers have partnered to develop emergency medical care for Eastern Libya.

The delegation's visit to Boston culminated in a panel with MGH's Dr. Thomas Burke and BMC's Dr. Laila Bugaighis, "Health and Human Rights in Libya." Dr. Bugaighis shared her experiences growing up in pre-revolutionary Libya, the role of women in the revolution and rebuilding of the country, and the need for health care in the nascent democracy. This quote from Dr. Bugaighis sums up the goal of the trip, which was a resounding success: "Working to rebuild the healthcare sector is the main way we will begin peace-building in Libya. People do not want to talk about reconciliation until they have their basic rights."

In September 2012, Dr. Thomas Burke--founder of Ujenzi and Chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at MGH's Emergency Department--and Dr. Stephen Bohan of Brigham and Women's Hospital traveled to Libya to establish a collaboration between the Benghazi Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. This partnership seeks to develop comprehensive emergency medical services for Eastern Libya, executive leadership training, health management training for mid-level managers, and Libya's first academic department of emergency medicine.