In Libya, HI is providing basic medical assistance, including rehabilitation care for displaced people, particularly children and people with disabilities. HI is also supporting local health and rehabilitation centres.
A risk education session in a school | © J-J. Bernard / HI
HI has set up a mobile team to identify the most vulnerable displaced people, especially children and people with disabilities in need of medical care, in particular rehabilitation and psychosocial support. They are either cared for directly by our team or are referred to the nearest health centres. HI is also supporting 11 health centres. It trains staff and distributes orthopaedic devices, aids and information to medical staff and patients.
Since the death of Colonel Gaddafi in October 2011, Libya has been by wracked by violence between rival militia and the uncontrolled influx of weapons, creating a situation of ongoing insecurity. The main challenges now facing Libya lie in its capacity to implement a peace process and ensure the rehabilitation and stability of its institutions.
Prior to 2011, Libya was one of the region’s the region's key economic drivers, thanks largely to its oil revenues. Formerly ranking 64th (out of 187) on the UN’s Human Development Index, it has now slipped to 94th position. Libya has a population of around 6.2 million people. Life expectancy is currently under 72 years, down from 75 years before the 2011 crisis, and the country’s literacy rate is around 90%.