Libya: AICS says pediatrics and ob-gyn care back in Zawiya

Project part of the EU-sponsored programme 'Baladiyati'

06 May, 12:27

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, 06 MAG - A much-needed and urgent project was recently completed at the Teaching Hospital in Zawiya Central, a city of about 250,000 residents on the Mediterranean coast of Libya, about 48 km west of the capital Tripoli.

    The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) in Tunis announced the news, and said it was a project "that gave more efficient and better equipped pediatrics and ob-gyn departments back to the community of Zawiya, ready to respond to about a million patients who, according to estimates, come from all the surrounding areas to use the services of the main public hospital in the region".

    "Together with Libyan authorities, the Teaching Hospital is among the priority structures of the local health system, and, as such, it is supported by AICS thanks to the cooperation programme 'Recovery, Stability and Socio Economic Development in Libya - Baladiyati', financed by the European Union through the EU Emergency Trust Fund - North Africa Window".

    The intervention was carried out in the field by the Italian NGOs CEFA and Fondazione Albero della Vita (FADV).

    They worked non-stop for 14 months from March 2020 to now under the coordination of the regional AICS headquarters in Tunis, which is also responsible for Libya.

    They renovated the hospital's pediatrics and ob-gyn departments, provided 20 new beds and essential medical equipment including four neonatal incubators.

    They also offered specialised training courses for the hospital's medical and paramedic staff.

    At the project's closing ceremony, held at the Medical Research Centre in Zawiya Central, hospital director Dr. Salah Betro and his staff expressed enthusiasm for the results of the project and highlighted the importance of continual and long-term collaboration for the good of the community of Zawiya.

    The Teaching Hospital was an avant-garde facility for the specialist training of doctors from regions across Libya until 2011, after which it saw its capacity for timely, quality medical care reduced by about 50%.

    AICS Tunis Director Andrea Senatori said the conclusion of this project is the first important milestone in a path of strengthening basic services in Libya through the Baladyiati programme.

    "This challenge involves the commitment of AICS in support of 55 health facilities, 19 schools and four public hygiene projects (Wash) in 22 particularly vulnerable Libyan municipalities, for a total investment of 22 million euros of EU funds," Senatori said.

    "The 'Recovery, Stability and Socio-economic Development in Libya - Baladiyati' programme foresees the allocation of 50 million euros from the EU Trust Fund to carry out more than 100 interventions aimed at strengthening basic services in the health, education and hydro-hygienic (Wash) fields in 24 Libyan municipalities along the main migratory routes. In this framework, AICS manages 22 million euros and carries out a leadership role in programme coordination, which is implemented alongside the UN agencies UNDP (18 million) and UNICEF (10 million)". (ANSAmed).

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