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New Shipment of Urgent Medical Aid Readied for Libya

  • October 20, 2011

As conflict ends, many thousands in dire need of aid

Amid news of the death of Muammar Gaddafi, marking the end of his 40-year rule in Libya, the crisis is far from over for the hundreds of thousands of children and adults who have been affected by the violence.With the end of fighting in Sirte and other enclaves of Gaddafi loyalists, many innocent civilians still have little or no access to basic health care.  Many remain in refugee camps while others live in communities directly involved in the fighting where hospital resources are strained and medical supplies have run dangerously low for this vulnerable population. Help us deliver crucial aid to the people of Libya and others in crisis around the world. »Now that Tripoli is logistically accessible, AmeriCares is preparing a new shipment of urgently requested antibiotics, pain relievers, cardiovascular and diabetes medicines for four hospitals and two clinics in and around the city, to treat the war wounded as well as people with chronic diseases.

$7 Million in Lifesaving Medical Aid

Since the civil conflict began in February, 2011, AmeriCares has delivered $7 million in crucial medical aid to support health services in Libya and along the Egypt-border. The most recent shipment, which arrived in Benghazi,  included 5,000 pounds of medicines and supplies used by hospitals and mobile medical clinics to care of thousands of people in Eastern Libya:

  • 33,200 courses of treatment for acute pain management
  • 4,000 monthly courses of treatment for diabetics
  • 3,660 monthly courses of treatment for cardiovascular disease
  • 300 courses of treatment of anti-infective agents, including antibiotics to treat acute infections
  • Medicines and supplies for surgery
  • Wound care and dermatological creams.

While multiple factions and tribes struggle to form a transitional government in this embattled nation, AmeriCares is determined to continue to help the people of Libya during a time of great uncertainty with ongoing shipments of medical aid. Read more about previous AmeriCares relief shipments here.Donate Now