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Humanitarian community calls for US$ 151 million to provide life-saving assistance for Libya in 2017

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Dr Hussein being interviewed by the media15 December 2016, Tunis, Tunisia – The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Libya seeks US$ 151 million to address the most critical life-saving needs of 940 000 people.

The plan addresses the needs of the internally displaced, returnees, most vulnerable non-displaced Libyans, migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in urgent need of life-saving health care, protection and access to basic goods and services like food, drinking water, sanitation services, shelter and education.

“The severity of the humanitarian crisis in Libya is underreported and underfunded. The situation in Libya cannot be forgotten. We are appealing to the international community to help us save lives, protect civilians and mitigate the impact of conflict on the most vulnerable people over the coming 12 months,” said Dr Jaffar Hussain, Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for Libya.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Libya live in unsafe conditions, exposed to violence and unable to access critical medical assistance and other basic social services. The Libyan health care system is on the brink of collapse, and 1.3 million people’s lives are at risk without immediate access to emergency health care and essential medicines.

Without urgent protection assistance, vulnerable Libyans, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers will continue to suffer restricted freedom of movement, discrimination and marginalization, and risk of death or injury from landmines and explosive devices.

“We look forward to working with all stakeholders in Libya and internationally to ensure that principled, effective humanitarian action reaches those in need,” Dr Hussain said.

Key health-related statistics

Total population in thousands  6246
Total health expenditure as % of general government expenditure  4.9
Maternal mortality ratio per 100 000 live births  9
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 100 000 population)  2.6
Life expectancy at birth in years  72.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2016

See Libya country profile

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