Islamic Relief has been working in Libya since the inception of the conflict in February this year. The charity has launched various humanitarian efforts to provide assistance to civilians affected by the violence.
Among the pressing challenges faced by Libya today is the critical shortage of medicine and medical supplies. Islamic Relief has been working in collaboration with the Libyan Health Ministry and the Qatari Red Cross to deliver urgent medicine and medical supplies to the city of Tripoli.
According to the World Health Organisation, non-communicable diseases are an especially important health concern in the country, the prevalence of which has been exacerbated by the recent conflict. Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes account for an increasing segment of the disease burden in the country, draining the health-care system’s resources.
The shipment, sent in collaboration with the Qatari Red Crescent, contains medicine and medical supplies sufficient for the treatment of 300,000 patients for a period of one year. The Libyan Health Ministry is currently spearheading the effort to distribute the shipment to various Libyan hospitals and clinics.
Some of the humanitarian aid that Islamic Relief has provided to the people of Libya this year includes: weekly food distribution in Tunisia by providing food packets to more than 10,000 Libyan refugees in Tatouine, 15,000 baby milk containers in Western Libya, 5,000 hygiene kit items distributed in Benghazi, Mistrata, Jdabia and Al Baydda etc. Its partnership with the World Health Organisation funded the deployment of nurses and expatriate Libyan doctors to hospitals and health facilities in Benghazi and Misratah. In addition, Islamic Relief funded provision of essential medications, medical supplies and ambulances to Benghazi and Tobruk.