September 15, 2022

What future for the Libyan healthcare system?


According to an assessment conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2017, the Libyan war has inflicted a grave toll on the country’s population and public health system, with more than 17% of hospitals and 20% of primary health facilities that have been damaged or destroyed by the conflict. Furthermore, the fragility of the State, central and local administrations, is evidently targeting the efficiency of Libyan healthcare system at the national level and the fully functioning of local hospitals.

As a result, since a healthy population is a prerequisite for economic growth, health and healthcare are major concern areas that draw intense citizen attention and government throughout Libya.  

Based on the idea that Libyan universities can play a key role for the future of the health management in the country, the SAHA –  raiSe libyAn Higher education heAlth sector for the benefit of local society project aims to contribute to the modernisation of the Health and healthcare systems in Libya, by upgrading the quality of existing courses and enhancing their relevance for the labour market and society. In particular, this goal will be achieved by introducing new courses on Health Economics and Healthcare management and creating centres for health data management in the Libyan HEIs; setting up and managing academic centres for collecting medical data; and by creating an advisory multi stakeholder committee for defining policy recommendations at for local, regional, national and international stakeholders and decision-makers.

In this framework, from 19th to 23rd September, 2022, the University of Pavia will hold a Training Week for the academic staff of the Libyan HEIs involved in the project (University of Tripoli, Misurata University, Sebha University, Sirte University, University of Zawia and the International Medical University of Libya – LIMU). The aim is to train and provide Libyan lecturers and teachers with new teaching skills related to topics such as the use of ICT technologies as a tool for interactive education, e-learning, continuous education, online training and virtual mobility, who will in turn train the teaching staff of their home universities. Moreover, this Training Week will combine theoretical and practical sessions, with a visit to the Emergency Room of the Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia as well as its Data Centres, in order to have a firsthand view of health technology assessment, health quality and different case studies on health management. 

For more information about the project and to keep up to date with its activities, you can visit the official website, available here.