Project #7614

Provide Emergency Medical Care for Libyan Refugees

by International Medical Corps

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With your support for Provide Emergency Medical Care For Libyan Refugees, International Medical Corps has:

  • Provided emergency medical care on the frontlines of the fighting.
  • Began our Physical Rehabilitation for War-Wounded Casualties in Benghazi. 

In the past, your support has meant so much to countless men, women, and children in need.  Now, you can give knowing that your donation will go 30% further and that 92 cents of every dollar you give goes to program-related activities.

Please – act soon and your donation could save lives. 

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Libya Convoy
Libya Convoy

Just two days after the fighting broke out in February, International Medical Corps was one of the first NGOs to enter Libya and almost 7 months later, our teams are still on the ground.  In total, we have 29 ex-pat staff and more than 100 national staff working in eastern and western Libya and at the Tunisian border. 

Arriving in Tripoli in the midst of the conflict on August 22nd, an International Medical Corps’ emergency response team, composed of relief experts, orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, and anesthesiologists, cared for the wounded and brought lifesaving medications and supplies.  They found the greatest health care needs are orthopedic equipment, oxygen, and narcotic pain medications.  Right now, our teams continue to support health care needs in Tripoli with staffing support at the Al Khadra hospital and capacity-building trainings at Mitiga hospital and the Tripoli Medical Center.

In Eastern Libya, we began our Physical Rehabilitation for War-Wounded Casualties in Benghazi, with the first patients being seen for assessments shortly afterwards.  We are also running mobile medical teams, filling staffing gaps, providing trainings in gender-based violence and psychological first aid, and establishing a hotline for survivors of gender-based violence.

International Medical Corps is committed to helping the people of Libya recover from the violence, rebuild, and become self-reliant, creating a stable, more secure future. 

Thank you so much for your support. 

Doctors treat patient on boat hospital to Benghazi
Doctors treat patient on boat hospital to Benghazi

The brutal conflict in Libya between rebels and government forces has affected countless families and the situation continues to deteriorate.  More than 1,000,000 people have already fled the violence, crossing the borders primarily into neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, and the UN Human Rights Council estimates that as many as 15,000 people have died. 

Deploying immediately after fighting broke out in February, our emergency response teams have been caring for the displaced and wounded in the midst of a war zone.  International Medical Corps is one of a handful of organizations operating both inside the country and throughout displacement camps along the Tunisian border.  We’ve delivered shipments of medicines and food supplies, including more than 20,000 kilos in food aid.

Our teams work in some of the most extreme conditions, caring for patients through severe supply shortages, power outages, and rocket fire.  Our doctors and nurses are treating severely wounded individuals in the heavily attacked western city of Misurata and helping to evacuate them by boat.  Our team has set up a field hospital outside of the city as well, in order to better care for the large number of evacuees.   We are also delivering medical supplies, including trauma and surgical kits, to local hospitals and deploying mobile medical teams to the hardest-hit areas.

After receiving reports from inside the country alleging that Qaddafi’s forces are raping women and girls, International Medical Corps launched training services for local psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses to provide medical and psychosocial support services for rape survivors.

Yet even as this crisis continues, International Medical Corps is working toward long-term recovery.  We’re providing psychological first aid training to teachers working with children in Benghazi, to help them overcome the devastating effects of conflict.  We have also launched training programs for local healthcare workers, including emergency medic training for senior medical students in Libya.  By the end of the 4-week course, trainees will be deployed to the front lines of the conflict, to staff ambulances, aid stations, and hospitals.

In addition to providing emergency medical care, we are working with local partners to develop a new rehabilitation center in Benghazi.  The facility will offer long-term physical therapy for those who have survived amputations and other massive orthopedic trauma, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma. 

International Medical Corps is committed to helping Libyans endure this conflict and to laying the groundwork for a more stable, secure future.   On behalf of International Medical Corps and all of the families we’ve helped, thank you for your support. 



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International Medical Corps

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: https:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Chessa Latifi
Resource Development Officer
Santa Monica, CA United States

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