Local authorities inaugurate the renovated health center in Sabratha. Photo: © UNDP Libya/Abdullah Hussin

As part of the European Union (EU) funded project ‘Strengthening Local Capacities for Resilience and Recovery ‘, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) renovated the Health Center and the High Institute for Science and Technology in Sabratha.

In a ceremony that took place at Sabratha Municipality, UNDP handed over both facilities to Sabratha Municipal Council. Representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, members of the Sabratha Municipal Council, as well as directors of the Higher Institute for Science and Technology and the Health Center attended the ceremony.

During the event, Mr. Mouftah Elbrashni, Mayor of Sabratha, stated: “This rehabilitation will benefit patients and students.The newly renovated Sabratha Health Center will serve people not only from Sabratha, but from neighboring towns. Our youth will have opportunity to find quality jobs.“

The health center and the school were severely damaged during the conflict that the city experienced in 2017. With the rehabilitation, laboratory, pediatric and pharmacy services will be available for around 400 people daily at Sabratha Health Center.

The Director of health services in Sabratha, Mr. Rawad Jebreal declared: “Our big thanks go to EU and UNDP for renovating the Health Center and for the efforts done by the Municipal Council. We expect to provide the best services to patients from Zawia in the east to Ras Ejdair in the west “.

The High Institute for Science and Technology, known previously as the High Institute of Comprehensive Careers, has five departments, including Electrical and Electronic technology, Computer technology, Administration and Finance, Chemical technology and Medical professions. 80% of its classes were not suitable for learning. More than 450 students and 115 employees are expected to begin the new academic year in the renovated facility.  It is worth mentioning that part of the building was rehabilitated by the Ministry of Education.

“We were very happy to see joyful students after the renovation of the Institute. Actually, we want the school to be a model where we can have students from all surrounding towns and provide them with best facilities,” said Mr. Osama Elfagi, Director of the Institute.

The project is also rehabilitating the Emergency Hospital as well as tennis and basketball fields in Sabratha.

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This project is implemented in the framework of the €90 million programme "Managing mixed migration flows in Libya through expanding protection space and supporting local socioeconomic development" financed by the North of Africa Window of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The main objective of this programme is to comprehensively reinforce protection and resilience of migrants, refugees and host communities in Libya while supporting an improved migration management along the migration routes in the country.

 

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