WHO Pledges Support for Libyan Healthcare Sector


On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) mission chief in Libya, Ahmed Zouiten pledged continued support for projects by the Ministry of Health.

The commitment was reaffirmed during a meeting held today with Samir Koko, the Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs and Administration.

Their meeting focused on actionable and integrated strategies for executing the emergency health plan, slated for the years 2024 to 2025, aiming to elevate the Libyan healthcare system’s efficacy.

They also mapped out cooperative strategies for the professional development of healthcare workers, advancing intensive care services, and mental health provisions.

Koko conveyed the Health Ministry’s dedication to bolstering their partnership with WHO, emphasising the alignment of health projects with the pressing needs of the nation.

Libya’s healthcare system has faced significant challenges, amidst the political upheaval following the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

The ongoing conflict has impacted healthcare infrastructure, with facilities damaged and medical supplies often scarce. In this setting, the Government of National Unity (GNU) has been striving to rebuild and enhance healthcare services across the nation.

WHO has been a crucial partner in these efforts, working alongside officials to address immediate needs, and develop long-term strategies for health resilience and emergency preparedness.

The strategic plan for 2024-2025 underlines this commitment. It reflects an understanding that a strong healthcare foundation is vital for national recovery and long-term development.

On 10 September, eastern Libya experienced intense flooding that swept away entire neighbourhoods, leading to thousands of deaths and disappearances. Homes were submerged, and significant infrastructure damage was observed due to the Mediterranean storm, Daniel.

Last month, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that an estimated 400 children have been separated from their families, due to recent flooding.