Humanitarian context

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[1] services.

[1] Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) /

Key figures

Year of mission
National staff
Expatriate staff
45 762

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.

Pictures of the humanitarian mission in Libya

Our partners

Centre de Crise et de Soutien
Swiss government

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