NCUSLR collaborates with New York’s SUNY Upstate Medical University to fight COVID-19 in Libya

The COVID-19 situation in Libya is out of control. The country lacks everything, medication, disposable and medical consumer goods, intensive care units, vaccines, and even medical staff specifically trained to deal with this pandemic.

SUNY Upstate Medical University's Bridging Cultures to Defeat COVID-19 is a virtual health sciences education program that brings together American, Middle Eastern, and North African clinical and scientific trainees for collaborative scientific and medical education and for unique professional development and cultural exchange opportunities.

Participants take part in seminars and workshops to learn the most current research and best-practices in COVID-19 medicine. They also engage with their international colleagues in networking, professional development, and cultural competence-building exercises. The program is open to any pre- and post-degree health science trainees with an interest in COVID-19 science and medicine.

SUNY (State University of New York) is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States. For more information please see: For some more information on the program please see:

SUNY Upstate Medical University's Bridging Cultures to Defeat COVID-19 is funded by the Stevens Initiative. The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. Created in 2015 as a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who was murdered by terrorists on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, together with three other Americans, the Initiative is committed to helping to expand the virtual exchange field through investing in promising programs, sharing knowledge and resources, and advocating for virtual exchange adoption.

The NCUSLR with its vast knowledge and experience in the health sector and education in Libya is SUNY’s partner for implementing this program in this crisis-ridden North African country.

Under the personal leadership of NCUSLR President Dr. Hani Shennib, the NCUSLR will seek in the next few weeks, to partner with Libyan health and educational institutions to identify eligible health sciences students to engage in this timely project.

Dr. Shennib, an internationally recognized cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, an opinion leader and consultant on global healthcare issues has acted as advisor to numerous developing countries on developing and reforming health programs.

The NCUSLR invites staff and students from Libyan Health Science Universities and Colleges to contact us at or Please note that training will be conducted in Arabic and English, and will be tailored to the level of education and health knowledge of participants.

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