Libya adopts new mental health strategy with WHO support

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Libya’s Ministry of Health have jointly announced the approval of the National Mental Health Strategy 2024-2030.

Following a two-day workshop in Misrata, which brought together mental health experts from across Libya and the WHO, the strategy aims to address pressing mental health challenges by focusing on prevention, early detection, treatment, and ongoing monitoring of mental illnesses.

The initiative also seeks to establish a comprehensive healthcare system, ensuring all citizens receive high-quality mental health services and support. 

Key schemes include forming a national mental health committee, training personnel across specialties, and engaging stakeholders for improved mental health outcomes.

Ahmed Zwieten, WHO Representative in Libya, hailed the strategy’s approval as a crucial step toward prioritizing mental health, emphasizing its role in building a resilient society.

For his part, Deputy Minister of Health Saad Al-Din Abdelwakil praised the collaborative effort between national experts and WHO, noting the strategy’s potential to strengthen capacity and narrow gaps in mental health services nationwide.

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