PUI intervention in Al Kufra

Al Kufra is a region of the south-east of Libya with three main areas of Al Jawf, Tazerbu and Rebyana gathering around 60,000 inhabitants. The population of Al Kufra has a limited access to basic services, particularly to health care, due to the remote geographic location of the region, the lack of skilled health personnel as well as the limited medical supplies and equipment even in main cities.

PUI intervention in the area of Al-Kufra started early 2020. A mobile health team started its response in order to cover Al-Jawf and its surroundings and extend the geographical coverage of intervention to Rebyana and Tazerbu. The deployment of this team helps to overcome the lack of medical resources, especially health workforce as doctors are sorely needed in the area. The intervention is carried out through public health care centers that host the health activities delivered by PUI. A referral mechanism has also been put in place for medical emergencies.

Besides, at community level, PUI coordinates a network of community health workers to implement sensitization activities, medical screening for common pathologies but also malnutrition and referrals to the nearest healthcare facility. In Al Kufra, PUI offers, as well, psychosocial counselling via individual and group sessions. Through these activities, PUI delivers messages to highlight the importance of mental health to support the beneficiaries for efficient stress management especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

Furthermore, as part of its Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) activities, PUI has reinforced health and hygiene related topics within the communities during the COVID-19 outbreak, and supported local authorities in fighting the Pandemic by providing trainings to healthcare workers and stakeholders’ professionals. PUI’s capacity building component helped strengthen the health personnel’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

PUI intervention in Al Kufra is supported by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (EU DG ECHO) and The Swiss Confederation.

Additionally, to improve access of vulnerable populations to quality healthcare services, especially in the most remote areas of Libya where the needs are more severe, PUI is implementing a project funded by The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and aims to support the general conditions of six healthcare facilities (three of them are located in Al Kufra). Through its project, PUI will rehabilitate the targeted clinics, procure and install medical equipment and supplies, and build the capacity of the health service providers and stakeholders’ personnel. The final objective of strengthening the public health system is to improve the quality of care provided for the patients. Besides, PUI will design and implement an appropriate awareness and communication set of actions tackling negative coping strategy adhering groups’ right to access to access basic services. PUI tailored its intervention to respond of multiple health care facilities and to improve proper availability of basic services and healthcare in the area.