MSF continues providing medical and psychological aid As Libya seeks to recover from the 2011 revolution, groups of migrants, refugees and internally displaced people remain vulnerable. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is continuing to provide basic medical and psychological assistance to these groups in Tripoli. At the same time, MSF will end its work in Misrata at the beginning of April to focus on other interventions.

MSF staff supporting Qasr Ahmed hospital in Misrata, September 2011

Libya © Benoît Finck
MSF staff supporting Qasr Ahmed hospital in Misrata, September 2011. Concerns for migrants, refugees and internally displaced people There are concerns that authorities are shutting down camps in Tripoli without any clear strategy for caring for camp residents. Already on February 14, a camp housing hundreds of primarily sub-Saharan African migrants was closed and evacuated. On March 20, another camp housing about 300 Somali refugees was evacuated, with residents now spreading out over Tripoli. MSF was running mobile clinics in these two camps, and is now tracing patients in order to provide follow-up care as needed. MSF is running mobile clinics in two camps for internally displaced people in the city, providing basic healthcare and psychological support. MSF also refers camp residents to secondary health facilities. The camps’ 4000 residents are primarily from Tawargha city. Members of this community were forcibly displaced at the end of the conflict, and are unable to return home. Each week, MSF performs an average of 50 consultations in these two camps. In March, MSF donated two water bladders to a detention centre in Gharyan, south of Tripoli, where most of the detainees are migrants from West Africa. It has also donated medical supplies to two medical centres in and around Bani Walid – a city cut off from external support due to having been a Gaddafi stronghold. Misrata activities to end When MSF arrived in Misrata in April 2011, the city was besieged and the fighting was at its peak. MSF supported health facilities overwhelmed with wounded patients. In January, MSF suspended all its activities in detention centres in Misrata, after increasingly encountering patients with injuries due to torture, despite demands for an immediate end to ill treatment. Since then, MSF has continued to engage in discussions, lobbying and advocacy on this issue in Misrata. Since July, MSF has been providing mental healthcare in Misrata. It has conducted psycho-educational sessions for 3000 people, in schools, community centres, factories, Koran centres and at the university. However, MSF will be ending these activities in April 2012. It is currently assessing needs and looking at additional ways of providing medical expertise and supplies to people in need elsewhere in the country.