After more than forty years in power, the revolution of 2011 put an end to Mouammar Kadhafi’s reign. Libya is ever since confronted to a challenging political instability. A new civil war is underway since 2014. It has a strong impact on the living conditions of a large proportion of the Libyan population and reduces day after day its access to essential services, such as health.
Armed conflicts have generated displacements of population while numerous refugees and asylum seekers, who live in precarious situations and are into the hands of traffickers, pass through Libya before risking their lives in the Mediterranean Sea.
Description of the mission
Thanks to a 2016 evaluation of the Benghazi region, Première Urgence Internationale has identified an extremely concerning situation in terms of access to healthcare and psychosocial disorders, due to breaks in supplies of drugs, understaffed caregivers and a lack of coverage of these needs by local and international actors.
Première Urgence Internationale has therefore decided to take actions in this area to help the most vulnerable populations.
It is nevertheless the whole country, which suffers today from this situation, in the East, but more globally in Western cities and in the great Southern region of “Fezzan”. Moreover, aware of the realities faced by migrant populations and asylum seekers during their journey from Libya to the Mediterranean coast, Première Urgence Internationale also wants to better understand their specific needs, both on their arrival in coastal cities, but also upstream, during their crossing of Libya, as part of a regional understanding of migratory routes.
That is why Première Urgence Internationale is currently working on the deployment of exploratory missions to the West and Southeast regions of the country, where many needs must be fulfilled, due to a lack of humanitarian presence.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
Since January 2017, Première Urgence Internationale has been developing a program of mobile clinics in the city of Benghazi, an area heavily affected by internally displaced persons and returnees. The current project aims to improve access to health care for the most vulnerable populations, to accentuate prevention and health information and to set up a monitoring and early warning system to increase the emergency response capacity. Première Urgence Internationale has thus deployed three mobile clinics in the city.
They provide free support for primary, maternal and child healthcare, chronic disease treatment and access to psychosocial support for the population, while promoting the importance of health care.
Most of the city of Benghazi having been destroyed, Première Urgence Internationale also wishes to support the relaunch of public services and has thus committed to the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructures, in priority the health centers and the infrastructures of access to water.