August 24 02:01 PM
MSF cared for thousands of migrants and refugees detained in dire conditions.
Libya: MSF emergency teams assess needs in Storm Daniel aftermath
September 14, 2023: Nearly 10,000 people are missing and more than 5,000 people are dead after Storm Daniel hit part of northeastern Libya, causing severe rains and flooding that swept away entire villages.
Our work in Libya
In Libya, MSF provided essential health care for migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and other people in vulnerable circumstances. We also offered support for tuberculosis (TB) services.
What's happening in Libya?
By the end of 2022, there were more than 650,000 migrants in Libya, with 3,489 estimated to be in detention centers managed by the Department for Combating Irregular Migration, and between 2,000 and 5,000 in non-official centers scattered across the country.
How we helped in Libya
MSF heard accounts from migrants subjected to multiple forms of ill treatment, such as physical abuse and sexual and gender-based violence. In addition, migrants have reported arbitrary arrests and detention in inhumane conditions, kidnapping, forced labor, human trafficking, and family separation.
Our teams provided basic health care, mental health support, and sexual and reproductive health consultations in health facilities inside detention centers and in urban settings. We referred patients to hospitals for specialized care. We also offered protection services, aiming to identify people with vulnerabilities and referred them to other organizations in Tripoli to meet their specific needs.
During 2022, the Libyan coastguard intercepted at least 24,684 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea and forcibly returned them to Libya. At disembarkation points across the west of the country, our teams offered basic medical services, psychological first aid, emergency referrals and follow-up care. We also distributed food and hygiene kits. After November, we were unable to continue these activities, as permission was withdrawn by the authorities.
TB is another focus of our activities in Libya. In 2022, we supported the national TB program and also assisted with the establishment of the first isolation unit for the management of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in Misrata chest hospital.
How we helped
Individual mental health consultations
Patients started treatment for TB
*Data from MSF International Activity Report 2022