The right to health is essential to exercise other human rights. It is an inclusive right which extends to timely and appropriate health care and to the underlaying determinants of health such as access to safe and potable water and sanitation; an adequate supply of safe food, nutrition and housing; healthy occupational and environmental conditions; and access to healthrelated education and information. UNHCR works with the Libyan health authorities and coordinates with other health partners through the Health Working Group to ensure adequate provision of essential health services, improve local health services and include refugees and asylum seekers in the national health system.
In August 2021, UNHCR, through its partner IRC provided health consultations to 3,382 refugees and asylum seekers in the Community-Day Centre (CDC), in detention centers, at disembarkation points and through the medical emergency hotline. Through IRC, UNHCR ensured that medical issues of persons of concern are also responded to through phone consultations. The Tripoli Health Directorate and the National Center of Disease Control launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign to target Libyans and non-Libyans, resulting in 173 refugees and asylum seekers being vaccinated in August.