Armed conflict and political instability has impacted over 3 million people across Libya. An estimated 2.44 million people are in need of protection and some form of humanitarian assistance. This includes internally displaced persons (IDPs), the non-displaced conflict affected population, refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. The crisis is predominantly urban centered with most of the fighting taking place in major cities such as Benghazi, Tripoli, Misrata, Sirte, Sabha and Darnah.
Health and protection needs of the affected population stand out in terms of scope, scale and severity. This is the result of major shortages of essential medicines and a debilitated primary healthcare system, which have led to an increase in serious illnesses and disease. The conflict has restricted access to basic services, led to forced displacement and impacted people’s safety and security.
The displaced are the most vulnerable due to limited coping capacity and loss of assets, particularly displaced women, children, the elderly and those with low economic means. Refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants are also considered some of the most vulnerable, due to their exposed risk to discrimination and exploitation based on their status. The most severe needs in terms of geographic areas are those of affected people in the east and south of the country.
The Libya Humanitarian Country is currently developing a new humanitarian response plan for the remainder of 2015 through to the end of 2016, so to ensure relevant, efficient and effective assistance is delivered to persons in need including internally displaced persons, non-displaced people in need, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and support to Libyan authorities in re-establishing basic services.
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