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International Fund to Help Families Affected by HIV/AIDS in Benghazi

23 December 2005

After meetings in Tripoli on 12 and 18 December, involving the Association of Families in Benghazi and the Bulgarian nongovernmental Association for the Promotion of Bilateral Relations with Libya (APBRL), further talks were held in Tripoli on 21 and 22 December between officials of the Gaddafi International Foundation for Charity Associations, the European Commission and the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States, Bulgaria and Libya. The parties accepted a recommendation by the Association of Families and other participants in the December 18 meeting to set up an International Fund to Support Families in Benghazi as part of the international efforts to find a mutually acceptable solution to the situation resulting from the tragic spread of HIV/AIDS in Benghazi.

The Fund will seek, collect and coordinate the distribution of financial aid and supplies to families in Benghazi. It will be a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring permanent medical care for HIV-positive patients, assisting the modernization of the Benghazi hospital, where they receive treatment, according to international standards, and supporting the families financially. The Fund will maintain permanent dialogue with the Association of Families and support direct contacts with the families in order to help satisfy their needs.

The Fund will be run by an international Board of Directors. The Board will include a member appointed by the chief executive of the Gaddafi Foundation, as well as the APBRL president, the director of the Benghazi Centre for Infectious Diseases and Immunology, a European Commission representative and a representative of an anti-AIDS project in Benghazi

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