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WHO delivers much needed medical supplies to underserved areas in southern Libya

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Supplies_to_libya_16 December 2017, Tunis ‒ The WHO country office in Libya has delivered much needed medical supplies to Fazan Medical Supply warehouse in Libya to meet the health care needs of thousands of the underserved population of the southern parts of the country. The medical supplies, currently being distributed to hospitals and medical centres in the south, have been funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid and Central Emergency Relief Fund. 

Supplies include 10 type B trauma kits, designed to treat more than 1000 moderate to serious injuries, along with 3 noncommunicable diseases kits. Each kit provides fundamental supplies to treat patients with chronic diseases, including medicines to manage cardiovascular disease and insulin and glucometers to measure blood sugar levels for diabetes, and inhalers for asthma. The kits are also designed to meet the basic needs of 30 000 people for approximately 3 months, as well as 12 boxes of salbutamol inhaler to treat more than 3600 cases. These supplies will be distributed based on urgent needs in the south of Libya. 

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In addition, 11 mechanical ventilators with all the accessories have been provided through the WHO country office in Libya to Tragen Hospital, Sabha Cancer Centre, Sabha Medical Centre and Murzuk Hospital. These facilities are in the most vulnerable and underserved areas of Libya. The mechanical ventilation units will save the lives of thousands of people in intensive care units who are unable to breathe on their own.

WHO is committed to providing continuing humanitarian support to the health sector in Libya.  

WHO would also like to thank both ECHO and CERF for their commitment to supporting the ongoing humanitarian health needs in Libya.

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European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid

Central Emergency Relief Fund