The Libya Foundation for Rehabilitation (LFR) is an NGO which aims to help Libya heal its own wounds through the assistance in rehabilitation and reintegration for the prosperity of its people. LFR employs modern scientific and professional psychological, social and educational approaches in order to reintegrate individuals affected back into normal civilian life. LFR’s delivery strategy is achieved through its committed team of dedicated experts, professional international partners, and reliable network of Libyan NGOs. LFR teams are presently based in Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata and Zawia. In addition, it has a strong team based in Malta to provide offshore training and logistical support.
Our visionis to be the leading organization for rehabilitation, reintegration and social well-being in Libya.
Our objective is to contribute to the developing of standards and quality of Libyan Mental Health service .
The Inescapable Figures
According to Dr Omar Reda, who took part in the First National Conference on Mental Health Post-Revolution: “Currently in Libya, it is estimated that there are more than 25,000 cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ranging from children and adults to military personnel, physicians and so forth. It is clear that there is not a single corner of the country that has not been negatively affected by the war.”
A more recent study conducted by the University of Queensland, puts that figure much higher. Based on statistics from other post-war zones, they estimate that 40 per cent of the most conflict-affected populations in Libya could be suffering from PTSD and that 30 per cent of these are considered severe. More than a third could also have Depression. A high degree of co-morbidity also exists between the two conditions. They estimate therefore that more than 120,000 Libyans may be suffering from PTSD and around 220,000 are believed to have severe depression.
This poses a real challenge for Libya, a country that already suffers from a lack in basic infrastructure and a coherent service provision in both general medicine and mental health care. According to the Libyan Ministry of Health, there is only one psychiatrist per 200,000 Libyans. There are also only two main mental health institutions in the country, one in Tripoli and the other in Benghazi.