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Where We Work

Libya

Since the outbreak of war in Libya in early 2011, the country has faced ongoing economic and political instability, and fighting between violent militias. Shortly after conflict broke out, International Medical Corps immediately deployed teams to Libya to provide country-wide emergency medical services, train health workers and deliver vital medicines and supplies.

Today, continued armed conflict and political instability have left 1.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. International Medical Corps is still one of the few international organizations that has supported conflict-affected populations in Libya and among three organizations that has relocated expatriate personnel back to Libya since fighting escalated in 2014. Current program activities are supporting some of the country’s most vulnerable populations—including internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and asylum seekers—and providing relief to Libya’s fractured health system.

Population

6,278,000 

Life expectancy

70/76 

male/female

1.3 million 

People in need of protection and humanitarian assistance

The Challenges

Fractured Health System

Libya has fewer than 1,500 primary health care facilities for a population of 6.5 million

Dangerous sea crossings

乐动体育APPIn 2016, more than 90% of refugees and migrants arriving by boat to Italy came from Libya

Displaced people

There are more than 530,000 refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, and returnees in Libya

Our Response

Health Care Support

乐动体育APPInternational Medical Corps operates six mobile medical units (MMUs) that serve IDPs in Benghazi, Misrata, Sabha and Tripoli. The MMUs are supported by community health workers who raise awareness among target communities on common health problems, to promote family well-being and prevent disease outbreaks.

Training in Reproductive Health and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

乐动体育APPInternational Medical Corps has a mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) specialist who provides mental health training for medical personnel in Libya. This specialist helps medical doctors navigate the identification, management and referral of priority mental health conditions in line with World Health Organization guidelines. We also employ a team of psychiatrists who are led by our MHPSS specialist. These psychiatrists provide specialized services to patients identified by medical doctors, and refer more severe cases to the national psychiatric hospital.

Protection and Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

With the support of our in-country GBV specialist, International Medical Corps’ Libya staff have been trained on the basics of protection for women and children, GBV in emergencies and case management of rape. We have created a women’s and girl’s safe space (WGSS) in one of the IDP camps in Tripoli, a place where women and girls can feel physically and emotionally secure, tailored to their needs and the context. Programming in the WGSS includes life-skills courses, as well as psychosocial support and medical treatment for those seeking care.

Sea Rescues and Care for Refugees

Abdulrahman Alfituri is the National Project Manager of International Medical Corps’ programming in Libya, based in Tripoli. His initial experience in humanitarian work came as a volunteer during the uprising against Muammar Kaddafi in 2011. He joined International Medical Corps later that year as part of our gender-based violence program and has steadily taken on greater responsibility, currently overseeing work that supports several thousand of the estimated 30,000 refugees that now reside in Libya.

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Our Impact

31,000
health consultations were provided to refugees, migrants, and IDPs in 2016
4,269
refugees, asylum seekers and migrants received hygiene kits last year
4,000
people were reached by our community health workers in 2016

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