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Two More Emergency Kits to Libya

by Megan Streng | Dec 05, 2013

(Portland, OR Apr 20, 2011)The situation for civilians caught in the crossfire of war in Libya is deteriorating each hour. So, Portland-based Medical Teams International is doing what it can to help families needing medical care.

The agency is sending two more Emergency Health Kits and one more major surgery kit from Holland to Misrata – one of the hardest hit areas – to provide medicines and supplies for 20,000 people for the next three months.

This will be the sixth kit Medical Teams International has sent in two months. The medicines and supplies in the kits are valued at $2.5 million since fighting erupted in the country in February.

“Misrata is the biggest concern right now,” said Jamal Tarhuni, a representative for the North American Libyan Conference, and partner for Medical Teams International. “At least 1,000 people have died. Another 25,000 are estimated to be injured.”

Partners on the ground are shipping injured people from Misrata to Bengahzi where they can be cared for by doctors and other health professionals on the scene.

Still, specialists are needed to help in Bengahzi, which is serving as a medical base camp for surgeries. Medical Teams International is recruiting now for surgical team with: an experienced orthopedic surgeon; two vascular surgeons; two plastic surgeons and five to seven surgical nurses. If you can help fill spots on these teams, please contact Debbie Bailey at dbailey@medicalteams.org or call 503.624.1000.