HI has been operational continuously in Libya since 2011, and up until the end of 2014 delivered large-scale humanitarian mine action. Today, HI works to protect vulnerable groups from the dangers of explosive remnants of war and small arms and light weapons through risk education messaging.
A mine risk education session in a school. | © J-J. Bernard / HI
Until mid-2022, HI delivered health and protection services including physical therapy, provision of assistive devices and mobility equipment and/or psychosocial support to vulnerable persons directly impacted by the ongoing crisis. The organization also targeted health and rehabilitation centers in Western and eastern Libya with technical capacity development and donations of much needed and otherwise depleted equipment
Since mid-2020, HI has increased its support to health professionals in physical rehabilitation and mental health & psychosocial support. HI has also reinitiated risk education activities in Tripoli and developed victim assistance activities, to improve data collection, injury surveillance and case management for victims of explosive ordnances.
Since 2011 and until mid-2020, Libya has almost continuously been the site of a civil war.
During the second Libyan Civil War, over half a million people were displaced, and by 2018 the conflict claimed more than 4,400 civilian lives since 2014. The civilian population is not only impacted by the criminalization of armed groups and armed conflict, but by the collapse of an official economy and the development of a shadow war economy. In addition, the overall number of migrants, asylum seekers refugees in Libya is estimated at 977,000.
The cost of the political conflict has taken a severe toll on the Libyan economy, which has remained in recession. An increasing inflation rate has impacted the population’s capacities to purchase essential goods such as food and drinks, housing, electricity, water, gas and other fuels, and transportation.
Since March 2021, Libya continued to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a period of low case numbers, January 2022 marked an increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases due to circulation of the Omicron variant.
Number of HI staff members: 12
Date the program launched: 2011