The European Commission on December 12 adopted a new €10.9m health programme to support Libyan people to get better access to healthcare.

The EU-funded action includes measures to assist maternal and new-born health, as well as training for future nurse and midwifery and the establishment of a national prevention strategy at primary healthcare level countrywide.

“The European Union stands by the Libyan population in these challenging times,” said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. “This new assistance shows our commitment to alleviate the suffering of the Libyan population by improving healthcare, an essential public good.”

This initiative is part of the EU’s assistance for Libya’s transition towards a stable, functioning country and is supporting UN mediation efforts in this regard. It is financed by the European Commission with the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) which is one of the main sources of support by the EU to the country.

The EU currently has a package of close to €120m in bilateral support to Libya in 37 projects across six sectors: civil society; governance; health; youth and education; migration and protection; and support to the political process, security and mediation.