The European Union has pledged a €10.9 million health program which aims at supporting Libyans in order to get better access to healthcare.

The EU-funded program, according to the European Commission press release, will directly benefit the Libyan population and improve their access to healthcare.

"There will be an assistance to maternal and new-born health, trainings for future nurse and midwifery and the establishment of a national prevention strategy at primary health care level countrywide." The program includes.

The Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said that the European Union stands by the Libyan population in such challenging times, adding that this new assistance shows the EU's commitment to alleviate the suffering of the Libyan population by improving healthcare, "an essential public good," he commented.

Besides focusing on maternal and new born health sectors as well as the training of midwifery and nurses, the EU program will engage in mental health, substance abuse management and psychosocial support.

"These actions aim at reducing psychosocial distress, mental health and substance abuse among at-risk groups as ex-combatants and marginalized youth by expanding access, availability and acceptability to quality psychosocial support and mental health care; and by training and upskilling of mental health staff." The program's press release explains.

The 10.9 million euros worth program will also concentrate on the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases, saying that actions will include the establishment of a robust prevention strategy at primary health care level countrywide; the identification of high-risk subjects, early diagnosis and early intervention in the form of health education on lifestyle factors that increase the risk of developing chronic conditions, among other things.