Since the fall of Kadhafi’s regime in 2011 and the start of the civil war in 2014, Libya has been in the throes of economic collapse and political separation between the government in Tripoli and that in the east of the country with Benghazi as its capital. Infrastructure has been destroyed and access to basic services, such as health care, has been drastically reduced, resulting in displacement and a general deterioration in living conditions. In 2021, of the country’s 6.7 million inhabitants, 460,000 people were in need of protection and 1,193,000 people did not have access to health services.
 Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) / https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/sites/www.humanitarianresponse.info/files/documents/files/hno_2021-final.pdf
Description of the mission
Première Urgence Internationale has been operating in Libya since 2017, notably in the Benghazi and coastal areas. Since 2019, the NGO has also opened a base in Al Kufrah, in the southeast of the country.
Throughout its five years of experience in Libya, Première Urgence Internationale has developed strong relationships with local authorities and communities in the coastal area of eastern Libya and the remote Al Kufrah region. Première Urgence Internationale is recognized as one of the key health NGOs by the Libyan authorities and people.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
Première Urgence Internationale is recognised as a major player in health in north-eastern Libya thanks to its actions in the Benghazi region and in the Al Kufrah district in the south-east. Our interventions focus on strengthening the resilience of the most vulnerable populations affected by the ongoing conflicts and improving their access to essential services.
Première Urgence Internationale‘s activities in Libya are based on an integrated approach that also allows for the identification and management of specific protection needs of vulnerable populations and work with local structures. In 2021 and again this year, our teams also supported the local authorities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by providing training to health professionals, particularly in Al Kufrah.
Libya: support for access to health services
Since 2011, Libya has been undergoing strong political and economic instability, accentuated since 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with such factors of tension, the health sector has been deeply impacted, particularly in the district of Al-Marj, in the northeast of the country. It is in this context that Première Urgence Internationale decided in March 2021 to support the rural clinic of Ahmed Al-Gheriani.
KHALIL, A SEVEN-MONTH-OLD BABY GETTING STRONGER
Al Kufra is a district of the south-east of Libya with three municipalities including Al Jawf, Tazerbou and Rebyana gathering around 70,000 inhabitants. The population of Al Kufra has limited access to services, particularly health care, due to the remote geographic location of the region, the lack of skilled health personnel as well as the limited medical supplies and equipment even in main cities.