5 European Hospitals to Treat HIV-Infected Libyan Children

Politics | February 13, 2006, Monday // 00:00

The HIV-infected Libyan children will be treated in five European hospitals - three in Paris, one in Rome and one in Florence.

The news emerged following a meeting in Tripoli of the governing board of the Benghazi International Fund and the Association of the families of the AIDS infected children in Benghazi. The mayor of Plovdiv Dr Ivan Chomakov and Maxim Minchev, chief of the state-run Bulgarian news agency, attended the meeting.

The International fund recently set to raise funds for the AIDS infected children in Libya aims to provide each child with proper treatment in one of the five hospitals.

The procedure was launched after 34 Libyan children were sent to Italy. Another 100 children will be soon transported to France with the assistance of the French government and the International fund. A schedule for the treatment of the children will also be prepared so that each child receives the needed medical attention until the end of May.

The next meeting of the two organizations will take place March 13 in Tripoli.

Negotiations were to start on January 15, but were put off by the Libyan side insisting that talks will begin when "all EU and US negotiating teams arrive". This was the second delay in the talks seen as an alternative channel for informal negotiations over the ways to help the AIDS-stricken children.

Libya's Supreme Court in Tripoli ruled on a re-trial for the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor, who were sentenced to death for infecting over 400 Libyan children with the HIV virus, thus removing the immediate threat of execution.

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