7 April 2011 – MERCY Malaysia has deployed a Rapid Assessment Team to gauge the humanitarian needs in Libya last Saturday. Led by MERCY Malaysia Senior Advisor, Dr. Paul Mettler, the 4-person team has since identified shortage of medical supplies and personnel as immediate needs that require attention.
"We have been monitoring the situation in Libya since early March through our staff in Egypt. Initially, our focus was on the displaced people, particularly those who fled to the border since Libya itself was not open to access. With the recent development and clear demarcation of control of areas -especially in the eastern part of the country- UN agencies and NGOs are then able to enter these locations and identify the needs more objectively", said MERCY Malaysia President, Dr. Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus.
"By having a team there, it is easier to respond to the needs because planning, networking and procurement can be done directly and from the neighboring country if necessary", he added.
"The safety and security of our team is paramount, and we will be observing all the necessary protocols. We have also secured a commitment from one of our global partner UN agency in charge of logistics in the area – the World Food Programme, or WFP- to facilitate our team's movements", he assured.
On another note, MERCY Malaysia has been responding to the recent flood in Kuala Perlis, Malaysia with the deployment of a two-person team. Supported by the MERCY Malaysia Northern Chapter and staff of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), 300 family hygiene kits were distributed to the flood-affected people in SMK Dato' Ali, and SK Panggau, and a health and hygiene education campaign was conducted in the two evacuation centres.
About MERCY Malaysia
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