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.