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Libya / Egypt

As Violence Escalates, International Medical Corps Delivering Emergency Health Care and Supplies in Libya and Border Transit Camps

For more than one month, clashes between protestors and government loyalists have rocked Libya, igniting a humanitarian crisis as tens of thousands fled their homes to escape violence. While hundreds of thousands poured into neighboring countries, there are still an estimated 600,000 people inside Libya who require humanitarian assistance. With the support of Earth Council, International Medical Corps is providing emergency medical care and humanitarian assistance to evacuees in transit camps on the Egyptian and Tunisian borders, as well as displacement settlements and conflict-rocked towns in eastern Libya.

International Medical Corps was one of the first humanitarian organizations to cross into eastern Libya, where it is now responding to urgent needs in Benghazi, Ras Lanuf, Ajdabiya, and nearby displacement camps. The team has found many of the displacement camps to be without basic necessities, and worked with the Boy Scouts of Benghazi and a community-based humanitarian convoy to distribute food, water, and supplies. For local hospitals and clinics, International Medical Corps filling staffing gaps with doctors and nurses and providing medicines and medical equipment, safe drinking water, and generators for electricity.


On the Tunisian-Libyan border, International Medical Corps is working in Choucha transit camp, where it is improving public sanitation with latrines and hygiene kits, and providing health care. International Medical Corps is also training volunteers and primary health care workers in psychological first aid so that evacuees have access to mental and emotional support when they cross the border. In Egypt, International Medical Corps is providing health care at a transit camp near the Salloum border crossing, and is planning to provide health and hygiene education in an effort to protect the health of those seeking safety from the ongoing conflict.