EU adopts new assistance programme to improve health services in Libya
December 13, 2017
The Commission adopted a new €10.9 million health programme which will support Libyan people to get better access to healthcare.
The EU-funded action will directly benefit the Libyan population and improve their access to healthcare. Measures will include assistance to maternal and new-born health, trainings for future nurse and midwifery and the establishment of a national prevention strategy at primary health care level countrywide.
“The European Union stands by the Libyan population in these challenging times. This new assistance shows our commitment to alleviate the suffering of the Libyan population by improving healthcare, an essential public good”, commented Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
In order to improve health services delivery and quality, the new EU programme will focus on the following crucial health services:
– Maternal and new-born health and blood transfusion services
– Nurse and midwifery training and education
– Mental health, substance abuse management and psychosocial support
– Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases
The European Union is assisting Libya’s transition towards a stable, functioning country and is supporting UN mediation efforts in this regard. The newly adopted EU programme aims at supporting access to quality health services in Libya, which has been facing difficult challenges in recent years. This action is financed by the European Commission with the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) which is one of the main sources of support by the EU to the country.
The EU currently has a package of close to €120 million in bilateral support to Libya in 37 projects across six sectors: civil society; governance; health; youth and education; migration and protection; and support to the political process, security and mediation.