Humanitarian Health Action

Partners supporting the provision of essential health care in Libya

The trauma section of the Aljalaa Hospital in Benghazi.
IRIN Gratiane De Moustier

10 October 2011 -- Health is gradually improving in areas where fighting has ceased. Conflict-related injuries are the main health priority, followed by noncommunicable diseases – due to lack of health staff, medicines and medical supplies – and mental health. At least 50 000 people are thought to have been wounded during the conflict, of which an estimated 20 000 seriously. In addition, it is estimated that one third of the population was directly or indirectly exposed to the conflict, making the provision of psychosocial support essential.

WHO to procure essential supplies on behalf of the Libyan Government

Al Hekma Hospital. Physicians specializing in nephrology, neurology, psychiatry, oncology, cardiology, paediatrics and maxillofacial surgery are needed.
WHO EMRO/Baher Dewidar

16 August 2011 -- In response to the growing health crisis in Libya, the United Nations Sanctions Committee has approved the release of €100 million from the Central Bank of Libya to WHO to ensure the provision of essential medicines, vaccines and medical supplies for the whole of the country. While awaiting these funds, a list of priority items has been developed by WHO in collaboration with national authorities including the Ministry of Health in Tripoli and the Transitional National Council health authorities in Benghazi. It is expected that the first tranche of supplies will cover 8 weeks of consumption.

Critical shortages of essential supplies in Libya

Child with multiple injuries in Misratah Medical Evacuation hospital.
WHO/Baher Dewidar

5 August 2011 -- WHO participated in the fourth United Nations interagency mission to Tripoli, Al-Gharyan, Zlitan and Al-Khoms from 16 to 23 July. Interviews with health staff show that injuries remain the health priority everywhere and there are shortages of medical supplies and medicines. Health Cluster partners continue to support key primary health care facilities and to provide specialized health personnel to hospitals in priority areas.

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