Emergency surgical and trauma services, medical staff support and provision of medical supplies

Project Emergency surgical and trauma services, medical staff support and provision of medical supplies
Objectives

• To increase the capacity of local emergency response and optimise the quality of health services • To reduce war inflicted casualties by providing emergency surgical treatment

Project Partners • Benghazi Medical Health Centre • Merlin UK • Tataouine General Hospital
Activities

• Deployment of nurses to support the services of Benghazi Medical centre • Procurement of emergency medical supplies including medicine, disposable items, equipment and oxygen • Deployment of a surgical team which consist of an OT surgeon, an anaesthetist, an OT and general nurse to treat referral patients

Locations Benghazi, Libya & Tataouine, Tunisia
Period April - June 2011
Accomplishments

• Procured USD 15,000 worth of medical supplies for the Central Medical Store (CMS)

BACKGROUND

The uprising in Libya that began on 16 February 2011 led to a political and security crisis in the north African country. Humanitarian agencies and organisations had little access to western Libya and little was known about the condition of the people there. There are two main areas of conflict in western Libya, in and around the port city of Misrata, where heavy fighting continued for months and in the Nafusa Mountains. In Misrata the fighting wounded thousands of people and killed hundreds.

As a result of the crisis, over 800,000 people fled Libya. Of the outflow, nearly 50% of the people fled to Tunisia while the rest went to other countries in the region including Egypt and Sudan.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

On 2 April 2011, MERCY Malaysia sent a four-member assessment team (3 Malaysian and 1 Egyptian) to get more information on the situation and needs in Libya. The team identified shortages of medical personnel and supplies. Two other teams were deployed on 26 April and 13 May 2011 which consisted of specialised nurses who were attached to the Benghazi Medical centre for three weeks. During the mission, the team procured medical supplies including medicines, oxygen tank, suction machine, defibrillator machine and other disposable items.