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 impacted over three million people and hindered their access to basic services, safety and security. 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

In 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

International Medical Corps manages two community development centers in Tripoli, where vulnerable groups receive medical assistance and outreach support. Our work includes staffing medical and outreach teams at detention centers in Khoms, Kufra, Mis’rata, Sabha, Tripoli and Zawyah. In collaboration with the Libyan Coast Guard, International Medical Corps provides medical and nonfood item (NFI) support to rescue-at-sea (RAS) operations in the Mediterranean. We have four mobile medical teams servicing internally displaced people in Benghazi, Mis’rata, Sabha and Tripoli and are in the midst of launching specialized trainings to enhance the capacity of Ministry of Health doctors to provide mental health and reproductive health services.

Training in Reproductive Health and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

International Medical Corps is preparing to deliver specialized trainings on reproductive health and mental health and psychosocial support for Ministry of Health staff in Tripoli.

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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