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Working Together to End Morbidity in Childbirth

Working Together to End Morbidity in Childbirth

Healthcare Training in Libya


Just days after the 2011 Benghazi uprising, International Medical Corps was among the first organisations to respond to the crisis.

Seven years on, Libya still struggles with widespread violence, including an alarming lack of healthcare services. Shortness of equipment and medicine has further exacerbated the situation, so has the lack of professional training.

In an effort to lower childbirth morbidity and to overcome the significant skill-shortage in Libya’s healthcare system, International Medical Corps - together with the Libyan Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control, carried out reproductive health and emergency obstetrics training earlier this year. With funds made available by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), we trained a total of 15 doctors, who provide life-saving care in Tripoli and Al-Zawia primary health care centres

To ensure that medical staff found the training useful as well as to determine relevant areas of improvement, International Medical Corps’ Monitoring and Evaluation Team visited an Airport Polyclinic in Libya on the 2nd of August 2017. 

The team met with the Head of the Gynaecology Department, Dr. Eman Sbeeta and three other doctors who attended the training. 

Asking Dr. Eman Sbeeta how the training helped doctors to improve their knowledge about obstetrics and gynaecology, she mentioned that the outcome of the training was very useful for the staff:

“I am one of the doctors how has been pleased to raise and refresh my knowledge in this sector.” Dr. Eman Said. 

“The outcome of the training has been positive, it helped us with pregnancy obstetrics and how to deal with normal delivery” Dr. Sumaya El Fezani said, also adding that “the training helped us to deal with rape cases, since the course covered all aspects of ‘Rape Cases Management Training’. 

Apart from giving positive feedback, doctors also asked if they could receive similar training in the future, in order to refresh their knowledge and gain more experience. Especially considering the heavy shortage of courses, awareness sessions and discussions that followed as many health professionals left the country after the conflict.

Dr. Nawras Elshibani mentioned that it was helpful for her to attend the training, she focused on the paediatric side such as breastfeeding and family planning: 

“I didn’t know how to deal with emergency cases before having this training, but now I can say that my knowledge, besides my experience, has increased, such as how to deal with emergency cases, positions for breastfeeding and family planning.” 

Finally, our Monitoring and Evaluation Team asked the doctors how they would describe the role of International Medical Corps in improving the efficiency of healthcare in Libya, they said: 

"We want to thank to International Medical Corps for providing such effective training that will help us to provide the required medical care as well as  reduce the morbidity and mortality of mothers and babies."

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