Trapped in Danger
Libya remains fragmented by conflict and fighting continues in several parts of the country. The breakdown of law and order, the economic collapse and the existence of three governments has had a severe impact on the healthcare system.

Almost all the men, women and children who attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea have passed through Libya.

Teams who worked on search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean heard accounts of the alarming levels of violence and exploitation people experienced in Libya at the hands of security forces, militias, smuggling networks, and criminal gangs.

We run mobile clinics in migrant detention centres located in and around Tripoli. Medical complaints are mostly related to appalling conditions inside the dangerously overcrowded detention centres: lice, scabies and flees are rife and significant numbers of detainees suffer from nutritional deficiencies and the lack of safe drinking water.

MSF teams are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In 2019
Migrants Detention Centers Libya 2016
Photo Story

Trapped in transit - refugees, migrants and asylum seekers locked up in Libya

22 Jul 2016
Photo Story
Zwara, Libya

Zuwara is peaceful, but health is a major concern

Voices from the Field 27 May 2016
Zwara, Libya

Hospitals closed or operating on a reduced schedule

Interview 27 Apr 2016
MSF first rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016
Mediterranean migration

MSF resumes Search and Rescue activities in the central Mediterranean

Press Release 24 Apr 2016
Zwara, Libya

Health system in a state of hidden crisis

Project Update 17 Mar 2016
Assistance for refugees in Serbia
Mediterranean migration

EU Migration Crisis Update - February 2016

Project Update 24 Feb 2016
CAR - Slideshow: Multi-antigenes Vaccination campaign - 04

High vaccine prices hamper immunisation efforts in Africa, but are missing from agenda of key vaccination conference

Press Release 24 Feb 2016
Phoenix' 8th rescue operation
Mediterranean migration

MSF will no longer provide emergency medical assistance and post-rescue care on the MY Phoenix

Press Release 23 Sep 2015
Mediterranean migration

Proactive search and rescue operations essential life-saver

Project Update 20 Aug 2015
Dignity I Emergency rescue
International Migrants Day

“I was inside the ship when it started sinking.”

Voices from the Field 12 Aug 2015
Dignity I Emergency rescue
Mediterranean migration

Latest tragedy highlights urgent need for increased rescue capacity

Press Release 5 Aug 2015

The challenge of medical aid

Voices from the Field 1 Jul 2015