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Libya’s Health Care system has suffered from neglect and mismanagement for over 40 years, and despite many Libyans earning degrees in medicine and health care in universities around the world, the sector has not been able to keep pace with demand and needs, or with other neighboring countries in the region. Since the Revolution ended, however, the country is keen to rebuild this vital sector as quickly as possible, and to show the Libyan people that progress is being made quickly. Health care is one of the key pillars of effectiveness for any Government, and expectations of the people are already high.

As a result of the Revolution, many qualified Libyan doctors left the country. This unfortunately has led to many unqualified people entering the medical field, and has even allowed some health providers to practice without licenses, thereby putting the lives of Libyan citizens in danger. Some commentators have noted that the increase in poor oversight and lack of management has even led to corruption at some levels of the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The absence of a governing body to protect patients, doctors, or health service employees has significantly damaged the healthcare system in Libya, further necessitating its urgent reform. Libya faces a critical shortage of the well-trained health care technical specialists and experienced managers who can administer and supervise the effective delivery of health services, as well as a fundamental deficiency of devoted doctors, nurses, and technicians. In Libya, only a very few people have an MBA or other advanced degree or formal training in health service management. This wholly inadequate pool of qualified managers who could spearhead health service administration improvement is consequently unable to meet the country’s vital needs.

Perhaps more important, there is no licensing system in the country, resulting in many doctors and nurses practicing without licenses. This is not to say that all unlicensed physicians and other practitioners are unqualified or incapable, but there is clearly no governing body to protect patients, or even doctors or health service employees, by ensuring that all such providers have been certified as qualified, and licensed to provide this very expert care.

Another crucial problem is that too many hospitals in Libya are old, badly equipped and maintained, and have too many critical staffing issues. All of these problems are a result of the lack of effective polices and of efficient management, which played a major role in the current deterioration and deficiency of Libya’s health system, and the limitations of the MOH itself.

The American Libyan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ALCCI) is therefore focused on finding American companies that can help rebuild the sector, and quickly assure availability of world-class health care services in Libya. Our goal is to eliminate existing gaps in health services, and to restore the necessary infrastructure in this (and other sectors) for the country.

This is a challenge that the ALCCI is particularly well equipped to address, and to help vastly and quickly improve the health care system in Libya. For American companies, the critical first step is to understand how the MOH will develop a Strategic Plan to address all these weaknesses. ALCCI can therefore create a practicable and objective approach to quickly and cost-effectively resolve the problems, and help the MOH design and implement the health care system that Libyans deserve – and desire. ALCCI members who can provide medical and other relevant experts, who know the sector well, and who have the requisite knowledge of Libya to make this work, will find unparalleled opportunities in this potential market.

ALCCI believes the United States and our innovative and world-class medical and health care companies can thereby help the Libyan Government (and the MOH) develop a methodical partnership with the private sector to quickly identify and implement the vital improvements needed for its healthcare system. We are also confident that American companies can examine and help craft the requisite Laws and rules to protect both patients and providers, and to create that crucial aspect of a world-class health care infrastructure.

ALCCI seeks to promote and build effective partnerships between key private companies in key health sectors in America that can benefit the entire Libyan health care system itself. ALCCI wants to help MOH and individual hospitals and clinics acquire top management and technical training programs for all staff, and explore partnerships with hospitals in America that can provide that training, and share treatment protocols and technologies, and even offer online discussion and treatment options. ALCCI also wants to introduce U.S. firms that can help MOH create a Medical Licensing Body and a Review Board Process to ensure only fully qualified providers are permitted to practice, and closely monitor how well they provide their services.

ALCCI can help cultivate effective Libyan partnerships for U.S. providers, equipment suppliers and financial institutions, pharmaceutical and other firms that can develop this system in the shortest time possible, and make Libya a regional center of health care excellence. We can also assist medical companies explore the potential to establish manufacturing facilities in Libya that will provide many thousands of good jobs (American and Libyan) in every aspect of this sector, and make Libya a destination of choice for medical patients from across the region..


Dengue (pronounced DENgee) fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever.


Dengue Fever-Information and Resources

Dengue (pronounced DENgee) fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever.

Each year, an estimated 100 million cases of dengue fever occur worldwide. Most of these are in tropical areas of the world, with the greatest risk occurring in:

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The Indian subcontinent
Southeast Asia
Southern China
The Pacific Islands
The Caribbean (except Cuba and the Cayman Islands)
Central and South America (except Chile, Paraguay, and Argentina)
Most cases in the United States occur in people who contracted the infection while traveling abroad. But the risk is increasing for people living along the Texas-Mexico border and in other parts of the southern United States. In 2009, an outbreak of dengue fever was identified in Key West, Fla.

Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include

Sudden, high fever
Severe headaches
Pain behind the eyes
Severe joint and muscle pain
Skin rash, which appears three to four days after the onset of fever
Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
Sometimes symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection. Younger children and people who have never had the infection before tend to have milder cases than older children and adults. However, serious problems can develop. These include dengue hemorrhagic fever, a rare complication characterized by high fever, damage to lymph and blood vessels, bleeding from the nose and gums, enlargement of the liver, and failure of the circulatory system. The symptoms may progress to massive bleeding, shock, and death. This is called dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

People with weakened immune systems as well as those with a second or subsequent dengue infection are believed to be at greater risk for developing dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Diagnosing Dengue Fever

Doctors can diagnose dengue infection with a blood test to check for the virus or antibodies to it. If you become sick after traveling to a tropical area, let your doctor know. This will allow your doctor to evaluate the possibility that your symptoms were caused by a dengue infection.

Treatment for Dengue Fever

There is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection. If you think you may have dengue fever, you should use pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoid medicines with aspirin, which could worsen bleeding. You should also rest, drink plenty of fluids, and see your doctor. If you start to feel worse in the first 24 hours after your fever goes down, you should get to a hospital immediately to be checked for complications.