In Libya, HI provides basic medical aid, in particular rehabilitation, for displaced populations, notably children and people with disabilities. HI also supports a number of local health and rehabilitation structures.
A risk education session in a school | © J-J. Bernard / HI
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HI deploys mobile teams to identify the most vulnerable displaced persons, giving priority to children and people with disabilities, requiring rehabilitation and psychosocial support sessions. The association is present in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi. The latter are directly managed by the team or referred to the nearest health centre. HI also supports 11 health structures. It trains the staff and distributes orthopaedic equipment, accessories and information to the medical teams and patients.
Situation of the country
Since the death of Colonel Gaddafi in October 2011, Libya has been afflicted by violence between rival militia. The uncontrolled influx of weapons has created a situation of permanent insecurity. Today, Libya is a fragmented country, composed of territories fought over by countless rival armed factions and with two governments staking their claim to power. Fighting in Tripoli since the beginning of the year has brought more chaos.
Until 2011 Libya was one of the region's economic driving forces, thanks to its oil reserves. The country, which previously placed 64th out of 188 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index ranking, is now 102nd. Libya has a population of 6.2 million people. Life expectancy is currently less than 72 years, despite standing at 75 years before the 2011 crisis, the literacy rate is around 90%.