Prevention of Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS among Drug Users, Injecting Drug Users and Vulnerable Populations in Libya

Project Status: Ongoing
Project Duration: 27/11/2009 - 31/12/2017
Total Budget: US$ 5,915,196
Donor: Libya

Counterparts

The General People's Committee for Health and Environment; The National Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

Target Groups

Staff of the National Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Tripoli; Staff of the National Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre, Tripoli; Staff of the Tajourah Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Tripoli; Staff of Al Razi Psychiatric Hospital, Tripoli; Staff of the National Centre for the Prevention of Drug Abuse, Tripoli and Benghazi; Staff of Watasamou (NGO), Tripoli; Schools, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Tripoli and Benghazi; Drug users; Injecting Drug Users (IDUs); The Prison Population; Young People, School Students and Communities at Large

Outline and Objectives

Given that Libya is a transit country for drug trafficking, and due to complex economic and social factors, drug use, especially heroin use, is becoming more prominent. The mode of heroin use has changed from inhaling to injection, which translates to a higher risk of transmission of blood borne infections, such as HIV and hepatitis through the sharing of injecting equipment and unprotected sexual activity. The Libyan Authorities have reported increasing rates of HIV and hepatitis transmission as a direct consequence of injecting drug use. In fact, more than 90% of reported HIV cases in Libya are attributed to injecting, and more than 60% of those admitted to drug treatment facilities test positive for HIV.

This project aims at supporting the Government of Libya in enhancing its capacity to reduce the spread of HIV among IDUs and in the prison setting. It also aims to expand the capacity of relevant entities of civil society to respond to HIV among injecting drug users. The support will include the provision of:
• Training on HIV prevention and care for staff in governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations in Libya.
• The setting up of specialized services for HIV prevention and care for IDUs in the community and in prisons.
• The establishment of linkages with community services.

In addition, the project aims at supporting the Government of Libya in the development of a sustainable response to strengthen the government and community-based services for the provision of a comprehensive network of services for treatment, rehabilitation, and aftercare for drug use.

Key Achievements

  1. Development of training and rehabilitation toolkits and training for teams of professionals and specialized staff in governmental and non-governmental institutions
  2. Drug treatment and rehabilitation centres established
  3. Drug prevention programmes launched in the community (School Based Programme)
  4. A multi-sectoral HIV National Strategic Plan Launched in Libya
  5. Implementing Outreach Programmes for the prevention of HIV among IDUs
  6. Implementing Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) service and increasing access to care services for People Living with HIV (PLHIV)
  7. Training center for ongoing capacity building for prevention of HIV among IDUs established within the premises of the National Center for Disease Control.