Renewed fighting erupted in the spring of 2014, forcing thousands of people from their homes. Chaos and insecurity severely hampered assessments and the delivery of aid throughout the year.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a mental health centre in Tripoli in 2013 to provide medical and psychological support to people suffering from physical and mental health problems related to previous conflicts. MSF’s team in Tripoli was temporarily evacuated in July due to the volatile situation in the city. Staff returned in October but due to the deterioration of the security situation, MSF was unable to continue the project and it was closed in December.
Violence and unrest were still widespread at the end of the year. Many health workers fled and health facilities experienced shortages of supplies and drugs. Insecurity prevented access to many areas, particularly in the east, where there were high numbers of casualties. MSF provided assistance to Tripoli, Zawiyah, Yefren, Zuwara and Jaddu through donations of drugs and medical materials, including kits to treat war-wounded.
The crisis in Libya has funnelled thousands of people through to Europe, with 90 per cent departing from its coast. People working in Libya or using its coastline as a jumping-off point to reach Europe are especially vulnerable to its instability. In Zuwara and the surrounding area on the northern coast, where the majority of boats heading for Europe leave from, MSF donated hygiene materials such as chlorine, masks and protective gloves to the local crisis committee to help cope with the number of bodies washing up on the shore.
No. staff in 2014: 71 | Expenditure: €2.2 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 2011 | msf.org/libya