• WHERE: Sebha, Libya
  • PERIOD: 10 months from September 2017 to July 2018
  • BENEFICIARIES: 35.000 inhabitants of the communities adjacent to the medical centers, about 40 members of the medical-sanitary staff of the health structures.

Original titleSocial and health support in Sebha, Libya


The city of Sebha is one of Libya’s most unsafe urban centers, being the main hub of criminal activities related to human trafficking as well as smuggling of weapons, drugs, stolen cars, and fuels. These illegal activities are connected to the huge presence of migrants and people in need of international protection. This is accompanied by a widespread state of poverty, especially in remote areas.

As a consequence of this context, health structures, although they are connected to water and electricity network, they are often structurally damaged and inefficient in the services provided, managing, at best, to respond only to basic medical needs. On a population of over 250 thousand inhabitants, at least 20 thousand people need humanitarian assistance, but they do not even have access to primary medical care and medicines.

The objective of the emergency project is to support the social and health system of the city, working, with the collaboration of local authorities and the actors involved, to restore a severely damaged system: reinforcing four health centers, providing medicines , training competent medical personnel, as well as supporting the most vulnerable categories in order to guarantee fairness of access to services. In addition, the intervention is directly extended to the population with the aim of spreading good prevention practices.