Aid & Development

NGOs provide psychological help to students in Libya

North Africa

The "10 Organisation" has set up a psychosocial support program for school students in the city of Barakat in the southwestern district of Ghat in Libya. The organisation also brought a team of specialised doctors to to alleviate the residents' suffering.

In Libya, the “Ten for the Empowerment of Women” NGO is providing psychological support to students in the city of Barakat in the Ghat district southwest of the country. The program, which was hosted by the Rahma Charitable Society, aimed to give students psychological aid training.

“We came because we are concerned about the health situation in the city,” said Ibtisam Abd al-Mawla, the director of the Ten for the Empowerment of Women organisation. “The Ten Organisation is responsible for the medical convoy that came to Ghat city in order to empower women.”

In addition to psychological trainers, the organisation also brought a team of specialist doctors to screen people in the city in order to detect and treat any issues that the people of the city are facing.

Since the start of the Libyan conflict in 2011, many towns and cities in the country have faced an absence of aid and support. As a result, districts like Ghat have lacked the necessary medical staff to treat citizens.

While NGOs are attempting to relieve the citizens of the city by bringing specialised doctors to visit, residents say that these visits are not enough.

“Medical convoys that come to Ghat are not enough because they are temporary. We need gynaecologists and obstetricians, many children and women are dying,” said Zahra Sleiman, a resident of Ghat. “Two days ago, a woman gave birth and died, and due to the lack of oxygen, her newborn girl died too. If there were a doctor, then we wouldn’t have such cases.”

The lack of doctors and healthcare in many parts of the country has resulted in the death of many citizens. This has caused organisations like Ten to attempt to alleviate their suffering by having doctors visit these areas. However, this is not enough.

International aid organisations must attempt to find a solution to this problem. Now that the country is gradually stabilising Libyan officials should also pay attention to this issue, as healthcare is one of the most critical sectors in addition to education.

NGOs such as Ten Organisation needs to be supported in their endeavours as they are attempting to provide support in both education and healthcare. However, without constant support and systemic change, these organisations can not fix the crisis, which was caused by years of war and neglect.