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WHO Grade 2 emergency

Libya: Rising health worker abductions in Libya threaten fragile health system

21 December 2017, Sabha, Libya – When Dr Ahmad*, a surgeon at Sabha Medical Centre, was kidnapped in November by an unknown group, his colleagues decided to act. Dr Ahmad was the second health worker to be kidnapped within months in the town of 100 000 people. On 18 November, all non-essential health services at Sabha Medical Centre, the biggest hospital in southern Libya, were suspended for 10 days.

WHO Grade 2 emergency

Libya: Health emergencies and humanitarian update

July 2017 -- Health is a major concern in Libya. Historically incapacitated Libya's health system is further deteriorated due to fragmented governance, limited financial resources, deficient human resources, acute shortage of lifesaving medicines and basic equipment, a debilitated primary health-care (PHC) network, and neglected health services. The repeated emergencies have not allowed a proper recovery of public sector services. Service Availability and Readiness Assessment survey, conducted by WHO and MOH, showed that 17 out of 97 hospitals are closed and only 4 hospitals are functional between 75-80% of its capacity. Over 20% primary health care facilities are closed and the rest are not well ready for service delivery. Health needs of IDPs, refugees and migrants have increased manifold as well as their vulnerabilities in detention centers.

WHO Grade 2 emergency

Libya: WHO provides lifesaving HIV medicines in Benghazi, Libya

2 January 2017 -- The prevalence of HIV has been on the rise in Libya since the start of hostilities in 2011. A WHO assessment of the country’s health system showed a general collapse in services, including stalled drug procurement and distribution. Severe shortages of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs threatens the lives of many HIV patients and has led to public protests demanding the Ministry of Health's immediate action to address the problem.

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