In 2021, Libya continues to face protracted humanitarian crisis, resulting from years of armed conflicts, political instability and deterioration of living conditions.
The population living in the eastern region of Libya – in both Benghazi and Al Kufra areas are particularly affected by the conflict, due to the high level of shelter and public infrastructure’s damages, exposure to unsafe environment and lack of access to essential services. Access to healthcare services remains particularly challenging due to the lack of qualified human resources, essential medicines, medical supplies and equipment, and limited specialized services.
PUI has been operating in Libya since 2017, particularly in the regions of Benghazi and, more recently, Al Kufra, to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable populations affected by ongoing crises, to improve their access to basic services and to reinforce the public health system through capacity building and support to the technical and operational capacity targeted of public health care facilities.
PUI programs benefit Libyan and non-Libyan populations including internally displaced people, the host communities, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The organization’s activities in the country are built upon an integrated approach combining the provision of comprehensive primary healthcare services, psychosocial support interventions, Water, hygiene and sanitation activities, non-food items distribution, as well as protection assistance in order to promote individual but also public health and well-being amongst the targeted populations. In addition, PUI conducted several rehabilitation projects to provide structural support, allowing the reactivation or development of the public health services in multiple locations in eastern Libya.