This Doctor’s App Is Helping Libya Triage Its Coronavirus Patients

BY Andrew Wight

Libyan doctor-turned-tech-CEO Mohamed Aburawi helped develop a telehealth platform so doctors who had left their countries could treat patients back home– now it’s being used to help triage cases in Libya’s fight against COVID-19.

Aburawi grew up in Libya, studied medicine and did a surgical internship in Egypt before securing in 2015 scholarship to Harvard Medical school. For the last four years he has been working at the Massachusetts General Hospital but saw that many doctors left their own countries never to return.

In 2016 he founded Speetar, a telehealth platform that links health professionals in the diaspora with patients in their home regions.