A mobile clinic in Syrian refugee camps. Medical care for women and children living in underdeveloped areas of northern Jordan
Why do we help in Jordan?
As a result of the war in Syria, Jordan has accepted about 1.4 million Syrians, of which over 670,000 are refugees registered in UNHCR. Most of them live outside the refugee camps – in urban and rural areas, as well as in informal camps. This is where our mobile clinic arrives every day with medical help, often providing the only possibility to contact a doctor.
For a Syrian refugee, the biggest daily problem is to provide shelter and food for his or her family. In the third place, there is always the question of access to medicines and medical care.
We do our best to make Syrians, who have escaped from the war, feel safe.
How do we help in Jordan?
Together with Terre des Hommes Italy and Soldiers' Family Welfare Society, we provide medical care to Jordanians and Syrians in the governorates of Zarqa and Mafraq. The youngest patients receive the assistance of a paediatrician, and girls and women are covered by comprehensive perinatal care.
The mobile clinic (equipped, i.a., with a mobile ultrasound device, foetal monitor and medicines), every day reaches people living in remote, poorly connected areas, and disabled patients. For them, it is often the only way to contact a doctor and receive free medicines.
In addition, we train medical promoters and arrange health centre open days. During the event, the residents may undergo professional examinations and take part in educational meetings on breastfeeding, nutrition, hygiene principles, and family planning methods.
The "Medical Care for Women and Children Living in Underdeveloped Areas of Zarqa and Mafraq Governorates in Jordan" project implemented by the Polish Medical Mission received financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the years 2019-2020 in the amount of PLN 1,100,000.
for women and children
in the care of the mobile clinic
during open days
Jordan 2019, production: Tomasz Pawlik
Who do we help?
Over 12 million Syrians have had to leave their homes. People's lives go on, even during the war. Despite the difficulties, they believe that a better future is possible.
We live thanks to the help of good people. Everything we have: blankets, mattresses and clothes, we got from neighbours or aid organisations, such as the Polish Medical Mission. To the social welfare centre run by the Association of Charity Sisters in Mafraq 53-year-old Badriyah came with her daughter. Raghad apparently looks like an ordinary teenager – she wears a pink hijab popular among young women. Her nails are painted orange. She is dressed in fashionable, embroidered jeans and shoes with sequins and a big OK inscription. But her life is far from what OK stands for. She is 13 years old, has spent half of her life in exile, does not have many friends, and never went to school, although Jordan opened primary schools for Syrian children a long time ago. She cannot write or read well. Raghad is silent as the grave. Her eyes are lowered and she is nervously turning a worn-out smartphone over in her hands. This Samsung in a white case is another illusion of normality. I wonder how an illiterate girl can surf the net. What does she watch? Does she have a Facebook and an Instagram account? And if so, what does she post there? Who does she observe? What kind of music does she listen to? – What future is there for a girl who, at 13, has never been to school? – I ask her mother, but basically I know the answer.
Who helps in Jordan?
We are one of the few Polish non-governmental organizations that provide medical assistance. We help where the needs are the greatest. Our assistance is long-term – it brings permanent changes in the communities we support.
Polish Medical Mission
Project co-financed within the framework of the Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Terre des hommes
Terre des Hommes Italy has been operating in Jordan since 2005. The organization supports Jordanians and refugees from Palestine, Iraq, and Syria in access to education and medical care.
Medical aid. Permanent changes. Local partner.
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