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Refugees from across the Middle East
747,000 Syrian refugees|Health care needs|Skills shortage
Jordan has a long history of welcoming refugees from conflicts across the Middle East, from Palestine, Iraq and now Syria. Today, there is incredible strain on Jordan from more than 747,000 Syrian refugees living there, as health care and other services are stretched to breaking point. Jordan is also home to tens of thousands of refugees from Iraq.
International Medical Corps provides primary health care and mental health support for refugees in towns and cities across Jordan, plus inside the major Jordanian refugee camps at Za’atari and Azraq.
Mental health: The experience of fleeing conflict and becoming a refugee can have severe mental health consequences. International Medical Corps have expanded our mental health and psychosocial support projects across Jordan, to meet the massive increase in demand for this support.
We provide mental health and psychosocial support services at the Za’atari refugee camp, where over 80,000 Syrians now reside. Since over 55 per cent of camp residents are under the age of 18, we are also conducting youth empowerment activities for Syrian teenagers. In 2013, 32,000 children under 18 visited International Medical Corps’ child friendly spaces at the camp.
Training: International Medical Corps offers accredited medical education courses to strengthen the skills of both Jordanian and displaced Iraqi health professionals in the country. Courses are offered by volunteer specialists from the United Kingdom and the United States in partnership with the Jordanian and Iraqi ministries of health.
Primary health care: In partnership with a local medical NGO, Jordan Health Aid Society, we provide a range of primary health care services at a number of clinics across Jordan, including routine check-ups, health education and child growth monitoring; obstetrics, gynaecology, and paediatric care, plus dentistry and ophthalmology.
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