Libya: Doctors Without Borders teams assess needs in Storm Daniel aftermath
Doctors Without Borders logistics coordinator is supervising the convoy of medical material to be sent in Derna, Libya. Libya, September 2023. © MSF
Doctors Without Borders is in close contact with the Libyan Red Crescent, which is the main aid actor at the moment in Derna, and will proceed to donations of items that are urgently needed: 400 body bags for the deceased; 200 medical kits to treat the wounded, such as dressing kits, disinfectants, compresses, sutures, bandages; and casualty care kits for 250 patients, such as gloves, antibiotics, dressing, surgical masks.
According to our information and observations, local solidarity has already kicked in as usual in this kind of disaster. Given the scale of the disaster, we expect medical facilities to have been damaged and there is a need to restore access to care for those who remain on site or those displaced by the disaster, which at this point is about 30,000 people according to initial estimates.
This is the statement from Matthieu Chantrelle, Doctors Without Borders Deputy Operation Manager for Libya:
"Doctors Without Borders team has managed to arrive in Tobouk yesterday. The information that we have is that the city of Derna is really separated into the west part and the east part where the access between these two parts is very complicated, and this is due to the overflow of the river. It seems that civil society has mobilised and there are a lot of actors, individuals, also some organisations that arrived there, some materials—but it is not clear what.
The first need is management of the dead bodies. There is a big need for mortuary bags. There is also a need to ensure that the injured are treated. And then, it seems there is a big gap in terms of mental health. Based on the information we have, there are no actors in place responding [to mental health].
It seems that from the number of casualties already confirmed, it is going to be catastrophic. Apparently, there are more than 30,000 displaced people in Derna. This will require shelters, nonfood items, hygiene kits, and so on.
Doctors Without Borders’ priority today is for the team to be able to arrive in Derna to coordinate with the Libyan Red Crescent and to donate more than 200 medical kits and mortuary bags. After, the teams will assess the hospitals and health centers and the medical needs, so we can launch operations as soon as possible. We’re getting ready to be able to send a team to help as soon as we’ve confirmed the needs."
Doctors Without Borders logistics coordinator is supervising the convoy of medical material in Misrata. Libya, September 2023. © MSF
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