With International Medical Corps’ help, Libya continues the transition from conflict to rebuilding. International Medical Corps has shifted attention from Emergency Medical Care to rehabilitation services for the injured and disabled (or those born with disabilities).
In addition to providing support to hospitals and clinics, International Medical Corps also worked with local groups for the disabled to strengthen the capacity of leadership, host community events, and provide vital information on health care and well-being.
One such group, The Blue Eye, was established in April 2012 in Jadu, Libya, to address the needs for people with disabilities in the Western Mountains.
“We said to ourselves that the situation has changed, and now we have a free Libya. Disabled persons need their rights, but before they get their rights, they need to know them and demand them,” says Anwar, one of the Founders of The Blue Eye. In addition to the capacity-building activities, International Medical Corps also trained senior members of The Blue Eye and provided the organization with tool kits and training to manage home modifications and home assessments for construction of ramps and accessible entrances.
“Our aim was to empower these organizations in the Western Mountains by providing them with the tools and knowledge about standard measurements for building ramps and modifying home entrances as part of their field work with the disabled persons in the Western Mountains,” said Fadi Daccache, International Medical Corps’ occupational therapy specialist.
This is just one example of International Medical Corps’ work in Libya. In 2013, International Medical Corps will continue to provide support to Libyan health facilities for rehabilitation and related medical and community activities. We thank you for your generosity, and hope you will continue to support our efforts in Libya.