18 Mar 2015
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With support from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered a shipment of urgently needed medicine and medical supplies for hundreds of thousands of Libyans caught in the midst of the crisis.
 
Libya has faced deepening civil unrest and conflict since February 2011. Aid agencies estimate that 400,000 people have been forced from their homes and that 2.5 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.
 
Dr. Jaouad Mahjour, WHO Director of Programme Management for the Eastern Mediterranean, explained that Libya’s health system had suffered tremendously and medical supplies became dangerously low.
 
“Hundreds of thousands of people will receive the treatment they urgently need, including patients requiring trauma and surgical care, and people with noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and heart complications who require life-saving essential medicines,” Mahjour said after the supplies were delivered in the northeastern city of Al-Baida on 6 March.
 
The medical shipment will help restock hospitals in areas hosting large numbers of internally displaced people, including Benghazi. According to WHO, the supplies will help 250,000 people. A second shipment expected in Tripoli in the coming weeks.
 
WHO received almost $700,000 from CERF as part of $4.8 million CERF rapid-response allocation.  The UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office for Project Services and the World Food Programme also received funds for assistance to refugees.
 
Since the beginning of the conflict, CERF has allocated $6.2 million to help UN agencies deliver urgent aid in Libya.
 
More information about CERF’s rapid response grant for Libya can be found here.