Libya: The European Union funds new project to provide enhanced health services to vulnerable populations
June 17, 2020
Within the framework of the European Union Trust Fund for Africa, the EU provides €1 million to International Medical Corps (IMC) in Libya for a new program which aims to support the country’s health system by providing health services to vulnerable populations most affected by conflict and the challenging situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through this project, IMC will equip and train the staff of two primary healthcare centers and one hospital in Tripoli to respond to the challenges caused by COVID-19 and enable them to continue to provide normal healthcare services.
To support the hospital, IMC will also work closely with the Libyan Ministry of Health and National Center for Disease Control to expand the physical and operational capacity of the hospital’s Isolation Unit with added beds, furniture and wall dividers. Training will cover more than the health impacts of COVID-19 to enable health workers to respond to the psychological effects of the virus and movement restrictions on patients.
Vulnerable populations such as IDPs, migrants and refugees in Tripoli will benefit from improved access to healthcare through these facilities. IMC will also provide a mobile medical team tasked with providing essential health services to these populations.
This action builds on previous projects implemented by IMC and supported by the European Union, including the recently completed project “Strengthening Protection and Resilience of Displaced Populations in Libya – Increasing access to Primary Health Care for Mixed Migrants and Displaced Libyans”. The project is implemented in coordination with other activities that IMC is currently implementing to respond to the ongoing global emergency caused by COVID-19.