AmeriCares has helped to make health care services available where host communities do not have sufficient capacity to cope with increased demand. Working with a Jordanian partner, we opened new health clinics and expanded access to primary care.
Snapshot of Jordan:
The decades of Middle East conflict, including the wars in Iraq and the conflict in Syria, have made Jordan a country of refugees. At the height of the war and sectarian violence in Iraq, between 500,000 and 750,000 people fleeing violence, ongoing military operations, religious persecution and insecurity in Iraq entered Jordan. While many Iraqis have returned home, those remaining along with recent refugees from Syria have taken up residence in poor urban areas, and are cautious in seeking services for fear of deportation and persecution. This poses unique challenges for delivering assistance. Critical health issues:
- The influx of Iraqis at its peak increased Jordan's population by roughly 10% and strained already stretched social service systems including those for housing, water, education and health.
To meet the needs of the large refugee population, AmeriCares and the Jordan Health Aid Society partnered to open two new health clinics in Amman and Irbid. An AmeriCares grant furnished the health clinics with medical equipment and a fully stocked pharmacy. The clinics offer their patients general medicine, gynecology and obstetrics care, and serve both the host community of Jordanians as well as the Iraqi refugees. To ensure that refugees could access the health services free of charge, AmeriCares distributed health aid cards to 2,000 families, to provide free visits and treatments in the clinics.
The AmeriCares Iraqi refugee initiative contributed to the international response to the UN-led appeal made on September 18, 2007, for assistance to meet the health and nutrition needs of Iraqis.
In 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, thousands of Kuwaitis fled their homes and sought refuge in Jordan. AmeriCares responded by delivering three airlifts of relief carrying non-perishable food and water, medicines, blankets, hygiene items and other supplies. AmeriCares aid was distributed through the Ministry of Health and the Jordanian Red Crescent Society to refugees at overburdened camps.
Through our Medical Outreach Program, AmeriCares provides critical medicines and supplies to doctors and health care professionals who travel to Jordan to volunteer medical care to people in need in many rural and underserved communities. AmeriCares commitment through this volunteer program to provide clinics with antibiotics, antiseptic dressings, sutures and so many other medications helps ensure these essentials are available when an emergency, injury or illness occurs.
Recent News from Jordan
Iraq has been plagued by war and civil conflict for the past two decades, causing millions to be displaced from their homes and communities. Together, AmeriCares and the Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS), a local health care organization in Jordan, have addressed the need for adequate health care for the increasing refugee population.