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We were among the first to respond to the 2011 war in Libya, see our stunning images
Legacy of Civil War
Skills shortage|Ongoing violence|63,000 homeless
International Medical Corps was among the first to respond to the crisis created by the 2011 war in Libya, just days after the first uprising in Benghazi.
As access permitted, our teams expanded in a country-wide response providing more than 95,000 medical consultations. We were also active in the Egyptian and Tunisian border regions that received large numbers of Libyans fleeing the violence.
Four years on from the uprising that brought an end to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year-long dictatorship, the situation in Libya continues to deteriorate as violence continues across the country between rival armed groups. However International Medical Corps is one of the few organisations who have continued to work in Libya and we are currently back to running emergency programmes. Our main aim focusing on providing health care and basic provisions to those most in need.
Years of underinvestment in Libya’s health system, coupled with thousands of injuries from the war continue to place a heavy burden on the country’s limited health care facilities and staff.
International Medical Corps continues to coordinate with UNHCR and local partners to deliver whatever assistance we can to people in need in Libya, as the security and military situation allows access.
Primary health care: Security guarantees from local authorities have allowed International Medical Corps to deliver medicines and support to a small number of health centres providing basic primary health services to communities in desperate need. International Medical Corps is pursuing every opportunity to increase the work we do in Libya should the security situation allow it.
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