Libya press releases
26 May 2011
Despite the decrease in fighting over the last week, the health situation in Misurata remains critical, says the World Health Organization (WHO) following a two-day interagency assessment in the western Libyan town. Misurata, Libya’s third largest city, has been the scene of heavy fighting since the beginning of the civil unrest.
21 March 2011
Health partners prepare for possible influx at Libya-Egypt border
Sollum, Egypt -- WHO has completed the refurbishment of a health clinic inside the border-crossing area that will be used for screening, life-saving medical care and referral of patients on a 24-hour basis. This is part of a broader effort to strengthen the capacity at the Libya-Egypt border amid the escalation of the situation in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. According to the International Organization for Migration, a total of 129 000 people, mostly migrant foreign workers, fled Libya into Egypt since the crisis began.
15 March 2011
Shousha transit camp, Tunisia -- Tunisian Ministry of Public Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other health partners, started a vaccination campaign for an estimated 100 children under 5 years currently residing in camps. Strong winds and whirling sand are slowing down preparations, but the organizers are aware of the critical importance of vaccination.
11 March 2011
Zarzis, Tunisia -- Six tons of WHO medical supplies arrived today to Djerba, Tunisia, in response to medical needs caused by civil unrest in Libya. The material, consisting of essential medicines and basic medical equipment covering the treatment of 50 000 people over 3 months, will be stored at a local hospital, the major catchment point for the border.
7 March 2011
Geneva, Switzerland -- During the next three months WHO and its partners urgently need US$ 11.1 million to provide health care and to meet the nutritional needs of persons affected by civil unrest in Libya.
7 March 2011
WHO official stresses that humanitarian efforts are a priority
Dr Naeema Al-Gasseer, Assistant Regional Director for the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, warned that the medicine and food stocks available in the Libyan Arab Jamihirya are insufficient to cover more than a few weeks, and that concerned parties should act fast to ensure smooth provision of humanitarian assistance to avoid the consequence of lack of crucial items.
28 February 2011
WHO Provides Urgent Health and Relief Supplies to Libyans inside and on the Border areas
The World Health Organization, through its Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, continues its efforts to provide humanitarian relief and health support to people affected by the current intensifying events in a number of countries of the Region, especially the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.
27 February 2011
WHO closely follows up the intensifying situations in the Region and the health consequences
WHO, represented by its Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, renews its readiness to provide all necessary medical aid and relief to civilian victims, in cooperation with humanitarian organizations, in countries of the Region whose medical care facilities have been affected. This includes ambulance services and mobile medical teams, in cooperation with national entities that are able to reach the field.
22 February 2011
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean expresses deep concern about the health situation
The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is following closely and with deep concern the developments in regard to the popular movements calling for basic freedoms in a number of countries in the Region.