Vivantes has entered into an agreement with Libya to treat Libyan war victims. The agreement covers the treatment of patients at Vivantes hospitals according to German law and comes into immediate effect.
The agreement was signed in Berlin on Wednesday (22 February 2012) by the Libyan ambassador and the head of the Libyan authority for the care of war wounded. The framework agreement also contains provisions concerning patient transport as well as special "cultural" agreements which reflect the special needs of these patients. This is related, for instance, to food supply to meet with religious rules as well as translators and staff to accompany and look after patients.
Manfred Rompf, General Manager Vivantes: "We are very pleased that we can support humanitarian aid for Libyan people through this agreement. When it comes to treating Libyan patients, Vivantes has supported the Libyan government and the Libyan embassy from the very beginning. With our subsidiary Vivantes International, we are in a position to help establish the medical infrastructure on site in Libya."
H.E. Dr. Aly Masednah Idris El-Kothany, Libyan ambassador: "We are pleased that with Vivantes we can offer our war injured the best possible medical care according to German standards. We hope that we will soon benefit from the medical and organisational expertise of Vivantes in establishing our own healthcare system in Libya."
Libya plans to expand co-operation with Vivantes
H.E. Ashraf O. Ben-Ismail, head of the Libyan authority for the care of war wounded: "We would like to thank Vivantes for the comprehensive support in caring for our war wounded. Vivantes is synonymous for quality and transparency. In Libya, we now have to build a new state and a new healthcare sector. That's why we would welcome Vivantes as a co-operation partner in this area who is in position to take on a leading role."
Dr. Jalal Abed Ehadi, attorney-at-law with BridgehouseLaw, Munich: "The Libyan side had commissioned us to find a competent, fair and absolutely reliable partner to provide medical care for Libyan patients. The emphasis here was on compliance. Vivantes also offered the capacities required and the right kind of cultural concept."
Since October 2011, more than 40 Libyan war victims have already been treated at Vivantes hospitals. Vivantes was among the delegations on site which were headed by Germany's Minister of Finance Dr. Rösler and Germany's Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle in order to organise aid and medical support.