The humanitarian community in Libya is perturbed by the continued lack of humanitarian access and subsequent assistance into Derna despite repeated requests. Humanitarian actors have not been allowed to deliver life-saving assistance to Derna such as supplies to support medical facilities and other basic services as well as to provide food and non-food items to those in need. Shortages in medicine and medical supplies are reaching critical levels and the first food shortages are being reported.
GENEVA/TUNIS (22 May 2018) – Violence in Libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according to a paper published today by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
In order to respond to the growing needs of vulnerable displaced women across Libya, UNHCR and UNFPA, with the support of German funding, are currently distributing 8,517 dignity and hygiene kits in 16 different locations in the areas of Tripoli, Misrata, Sabha, Nafusa Mountains, Bani Walid , Janzour , Ubari and Murzaq. The kits contain hygiene and sanitary items such as soap, shampoo, tooth-brushes and toothpaste, as well as other items explicitly tailored towards the local needs of women and girls.
Tunis, 23 March 2018 – The Government of Libya and the United Nations discussed new way forward to support Libya in a round of consultations on the United Nations Strategic Framework (UNSF) for the period 2019-2020 and Country Programme Documents of UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF.
Primary Health Care (PHC) is the pillar of health systems, By providing access to quality preventive and curative care, strong PHC plays a critical role in preventing epidemics; improving women’s and children’s health; controlling major infectious diseases, such as HIV and TB; and managing the rising burden of non-communicable diseases. Efficient and equitable Primary Health care provides a pathway towards achieving the targets set for the third goal of the Sustainable Developments Goals, including the target of achieving universal health coverage.
6 March 2018 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Libya delivered two Mechanical ventilators with all their accessories to the Alaafia Hospital in Houn city, one was delivered in December 2017 and the other one last week.
These neonatal ventilators will support the Gynecology and Obstetrics medical services at Alaafia Hospital, which covers underserved areas in the south and centre Libya.
Libya, 4 March 2018 – The World Health Organization country office in Libya delivered a mobile clinic to the city of Sabha in order to respond to the health needs of thousands of people in urban and out of reach areas in the South with limited access to healthcare services in the South.
The delivery of this mobile clinic was made possible through the support of the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), and it is the first its kind to be brought to Libya to accelerate health response efforts.
26 February 2018, Libya – In light of the existing shortage of essential medical supplies in Beninah, the World Health Organization delivered one NCDC kit and five Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) to the Beninha Hospital, funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, distributed last week 8 water tanks to 7 different healthcare facilities located in the cities of Sabratha and Az-Zawiyah (60Km and 40 Km west of Tripoli respectively), in order to support medical facilities in providing their services to local communities and internally displaced persons approaching these centres. The 7 facilities included 2 main hospitals, 1 oncology hospital, 2 polyclinics and 2 clinics.
Tunis, 30 January 2018 - After seven years of conflict, the humanitarian situation in Libya continues to deteriorate with 378,000 children in need of life-saving assistance and protection throughout 2018.
“2018 is a pivotal year for Libya, especially for children,” said Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, UNICEF Special Representative to Libya.
Tripoli, 18 January 2018 – Following the armed clashes that took place in Mitiga Airport and surrounding areas in Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) country office in Libya delivered urgently one Emergency Trauma kits type B to the Filed Hospital in Tripoli, which is operated by the Ministry of Health’s Administration of Wounded. Each kit covers the treatment of 100 injured cases and was procured with the financial support of the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Libya on 10 January to discuss with Libyan leaders the implementation of the United Nations Action Plan for the country and ways to bolster international support for Libya. Today we look, along with our colleagues in the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), at what the Plan entails and how the UN, led on the ground by Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salamé, has been working with Libyans to bring it to life.
UN Action Plan for Libya
Thirty thousands (30,000) people in Zintan will benefit from the medical supplies provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).
In the context of ongoing response to the health needs in Libya, WHO has provided on 3rd January, thirty (30) Basic and three (3) Supplementary Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) and six (6) Trauma kit type B to Zintan general hospital.
Tunis, 26 December 2017 - Sixty thousand (60,000) people in Benghazi will benefit from medical supplies provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).
In the context of its ongoing response to the health situation in Libya, WHO, has provided on 21 December, 60 Basic Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) with 6 supplement and 9 Trauma kit Type B to Al-Jalaa Hospital in Benghazi.
Libya - To commemorate International Migrants Day on 18 December 2017 and to celebrate and shed light on the positive impact of migration on our society the UN Migration Agency (IOM) organized activities and events in the east, west and south of Libya.
12 December 2017, Tunis - In continuation to the efforts aiming to enhance the capacities of health personnel and improve access to medical supplies in Libya, the EU-funded WHO project “Strengthening Health Information System and Medical Supply Chain Management (SHAMS)” is currently conducting an introductory training workshop on "Pharmaceutical Inventory Management".
The World Health Organization (WHO) country office in Libya delivered on 29 November 2017 Two (2) Mechanical Ventilation Units with all the accessories to Tragen Hospital – South of Libya which is among the most vulnerable and underserved area in Libya. These mechanical ventilation units are used to save lives by assisting or replace spontaneous breathing in Intensive Care Unit cases. World Health Organization confirms its continued humanitarian commitment and support to the health sector all over Libya.
Tunis, 30 November 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary General, Dr Ghassan Salame, together with UNICEF team visited rehabilitated schools in Benghazi yesterday. The completion of rehabilitation work in six schools in the city provide access to improved education environment for some 6,000 girls and boys.
20 November 2017 - WHO has received reports from the Sabha medical center on recent kidnapping of one of its doctors.
WHO strongly condemns kidnapping of health workers as well as any other attacks on medical personnel and health facilities. We consider immoral and illegal any act of verbal or physical violence, obstruction or threat of violence that interferes with the availability, access and delivery of health care.
Attacks on health facilities and medical staff negatively affect health care delivery and deprive civilians in need from receiving health services.
On 6 November 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) country office in Libya delivered urgently 5 Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) to Ghat as part of the WHO humanitarian response to the city. These kits are designed to meet basic health needs of 5000 people for approximately three months and will help struggling health facilities to deliver primary health services to thousands of people. WHO is working on making the Ghat hospital fully functional in the coming weeks. World Health Organization re-confirmed its continued humanitarian commitment and support to all over Libya.