Handicap International works to raise awareness of accidents caused by anti-personnel landmines and unexploded devices in Libya. The organisation provides basic medical assistance, including rehabilitation care for displaced people, particularly children and people with disabilities. Handicap International also supports local health and rehabilitation centres.
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The organisation provides risk education on mines and explosive remnants of war with the support of local partners.
Its mobile teams also identify the most vulnerable displaced people, especially children and people with disabilities in need of medical care, particularly rehabilitation and psychosocial support. They are either provided with care by our teams or referred to the nearest health centres. Handicap International also supports four heath centres. It trains staff and distributes orthopaedic devices, aids and information to medical staff and patients.
Handicap International raises the awareness of displaced populations to the rights of people with disabilities and their inclusion in society.
Since the death of Colonel Gaddafi in October 2011, Libya has been by racked by violence between rival militias and by the uncontrolled influx of weapons, a situation that has left the country in a state of permanent 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 economic driving forces, thanks largely to its oil revenues. The country ranked 64th (out of 187) on the UN’s Human Development Index, but has slipped to 94th.
Libya has a population of around 6.2 million people. Life expectancy is under 72 years, down from 75 years before the 2011 crisis, and the country’s literacy rate is around 90%.