On September 15, our teams resumed visits to mobile clinics in Al-Mabani (Ghout al-Sha’al), Abu Salim and Shara Zawiya detention centers in Tripoli. Our teams were able to provide essential medical care, including psychosocial support, to the men, women and children held in these facilities, who would otherwise have very limited access to health care.
During this first week, our doctors examined and treated 404 patients, including 30 children under the age of 15. The patients mainly suffered from skin diseases, gastrointestinal disturbances and upper respiratory tract infections – conditions which are attributable to the poor conditions in which they are kept. Our medical team also facilitated the emergency referral of 28 patients to receive emergency medical care in clinics supported by MSF.
While welcoming the assurances given by the Libyan authorities that they would address the concerns that forced us to suspend our activities last June, allowing us once again to provide essential medical care to those detained, we continue to strongly call for the end of this system of arbitrary and unlimited detention in Libya.
MSF also reiterates its calls for the closure of these detention centers, the release of all those detained there, and that adequate humanitarian assistance and protection services be provided to them upon their release, including a urgent voluntary repatriation and resettlement outside Libya.