To ensure people in Libya gain better access to healthcare, the European Commission adopted a new health programme worth €10.9m.

This EU-funded action includes measures to assist with maternal and new-born health, as well as trainings for future nurse and midwifery and the establishment of a national prevention strategy at primary health care level countrywide.

“The European Union stands by the Libyan population in these challenging times,” said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. “This new assistance shows our commitment to alleviate the suffering of the Libyan population by improving healthcare, an essential public good.”

The new programme will also assist with mental health, substance abuse management and psychosocial support.

As regards prevention and management of non-communicable diseases, actions will include the establishment of a robust prevention strategy at primary healthcare level countrywide, the identification of high-risk subjects, early diagnosis and early intervention in the form of health education.

According to a European Commission press release, these actions are financed by the European Commission with the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) which is one of the main sources of support by the EU to the country.

The EU currently has a package of close to €120m in bilateral support to Libya in 37 projects across six sectors: civil society; governance; health; youth and education; migration and protection; and support to the political process, security and mediation.