The challenges and our response
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 organisations that has supported conflict-affected populations in Libya and among three organisations 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.
Health Care Support: International Medical Corps manages two community development centres in Tripoli, where vulnerable groups receive medical assistance and outreach support. Our work includes staffing medical and outreach teams at detention centres 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 specialised 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 specialised trainings on reproductive health and mental health and psychosocial support for Ministry of Health staff in Tripoli.
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.