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Support for basic maternal, newborn and child heathcare and medical education for local community, IDP's and Syrian refugees in the Governorate of Zarqa in Jordan

As a result of the Syria war, Jordan took in 1.4 million Syrian refugees. Of those, over 660 thousand are registered with UNHCR. 79% of the registered refugees live outside refugee camps – in rural and urban areas. They struggle to shelter their families, feed them every day and clothe them as well as to meet other basic needs, most of all medical care. It is in short supply – lack of transport prevents the inhabitants of more distant regions from reaching health care centres. With a large number of Syrian refugees, the Jordanian health care system faces a burden that impedes its performance. This leaves 300 thousand people with no permanent access to medical assistance. It is estimated that over 160 thousand registered Syrian refugees are women of reproductive age, including 18 thousand pregnant women.

Support for basic maternal, newborn and child heathcare and medical education for local community, IDP's and Syrian refugees in the Governorate of Zarqa in Jordan

The aim of the project is to provide comprehensive medical care to Syrian refugees living in the Zarqa Province, specifically mothers and children. They will be provided with access to medical care, more medical services in the health care centre managed by a local community organisation. Additional equipment will be donated to a mobile outpatient clinic to enable it to make house calls. The health care centre will employ a coordinator of the centre, 4 nurses, 2 gynaecologists, 1 paediatrician, 1 pharmacist and 1 laboratory technician, 3 welfare workers and 8 Syrian volunteers. The staff will provide medical care, specifically perinatal, gynaecological and paediatric care. The centre will be supplied with pharmaceutical drugs and medical and laboratory products necessary to perform day-to-day work. Around 2400 persons will be using its services per month. The mobile outpatient clinic that was purchased under the project will be equipped with a mobile ultrasound scanner and a mobile foetus monitor to enable it to make house calls to pregnant beneficiaries.

Support for basic maternal, newborn and child heathcare and medical education for local community, IDP's and Syrian refugees in the Governorate of Zarqa in Jordan

From 1 January to 31 December 2018, the local community and Syrian refugees in the Zarqa Governorate received comprehensive health care.

The facility employed: a facility coordinator, an administrative employee, 3 nurses, 2 gynaecologists, a paediatrist, a pharmacist, a laboratory technician and 3 social care workers, 8 health promoters and 11 Syrian and Jordanian assistants. The mobile ambulatory team consists of: a general practitioner, nurses, a health promoters and a driver. The medical personnel provided medical assistance in terms of perinatal, gynaecological (e.g. advice on how to plan a family) and paediatric care. Social workers and health promoters paid home visits to increase the level of knowledge pertaining to pro-health attitudes, and Syrian and Jordanian assistants monitored the needs of Syrian families. The facility was provided with equipment, medicine, medical and laboratory supplies, which are necessary for its operation.

In one year, 12 information days were held in the facility, where 3,331 patients were examined (e.g. laryngological, ophthalmic, diabetic and hypertension issues) and 606 people participated in meetings about breastfeeding, nutrition, hygiene, and family planning methods. The meetings were conducted by health promoters. Thanks to the work of the facility and the mobile ambulatory, 9,029 people received free medical care. Fifty-seven people who required specialist medical assistance were referred to specialist medical facilities. Beneficiaries, who due to limited financial resources or a significant distance between their place of residence and the facility or troubles with getting to the facilities, could use free transportation services. The health facility personnel in Zarqa were trained in medical mother, newborn and child care. The training was conducted by a specialist from the Ministry of Health, physicians working in the facility and physicians from Poland.