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The provision of Portable Fridges, Glucometer and Strips for patients - the Syrian refugees in Za'atari Camp - with diabetes Type 1 and with diabetes Type 2

The Syrian refugee camp in Za'atari, Jordan, was opened in 2012 for Syrians fleeing their country because of violence. The camp has been gradually transforming into a permanent settlement.

The donors who help the refugees usually focus on projects providing for ad-hoc health aid for those seeking shelter in the camps. Therefore, those who suffer from chronic illnesses (including hypertension, diabetes, asthma, heart diseases or chronic obstructive lung disease) need targeted programmes providing regular support.

The camp is supported by the Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS) - a local non-governmental organisation, which cooperates with UNHCR. Since the beginning of its operation, JHAS has supported the Jordanian health care system in caring for the most impoverished patients. In 2015, JHAS performed 175,968 medical consultations in the Za'atari Camp and referred over 15,000 patients to specialist treatment. The hospitals supported by JHAS employ physicians, nurses, internists and pharmacists who provide medical advice, conduct treatment, including administering medications and other medical supplies, or refer to specialist treatment.

The provision of Portable Fridges, Glucometer and Strips for patients - the Syrian refugees in Za'atari Camp - with diabetes Type 1 and with diabetes Type 2

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 July to 31 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and its local partner, the Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS). Its objective is to provide those who suffer from diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 with the means of controlling their blood sugar level and proper insulin dosage. Insulin will be stored safely in portable fridges. It is to prevent further complications caused by uncontrollable disease development, which would generate further treatment costs.

JHAS will purchase and will be responsible for delivering the fridges, insulin and glucometres to people in the camp who need them. Then, it will be gradually providing them with test strips for the glucometres and coolants for the fridges. Their actions will be supervised by UNHCR.

The group of approximately 160 ill children and adults in the Za'atari Camp for Syrian refugees who suffer from diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 will be the beneficiaries of the project.

The provision of Portable Fridges, Glucometer and Strips for patients - the Syrian refugees in Za'atari Camp - with diabetes Type 1 and with diabetes Type 2

The project was implemented from 5 October to 15 December 2016. The Jordan Health Aid Society purchased and delivered 30 fridges and 179 glucometres to those in need in the camp. At a later stage, JHAS will be gradually distributing glucometre test strips and insulin among them. The actions will be performed for one year from the moment of purchasing the equipment, under the supervisions of UNCHR. The group of 179 ill children and adults staying in the refugee camp will be the beneficiaries of the project. Thanks to the project, those who suffer from diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 were provided with the means of controlling their blood sugar level and proper insulin dosage.

The project was fully funded by the Polish Aid and its value amounted to approximately PLN 120,000 (EUR 29,460). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.