Why are we there?
- Refugees and IDPs
- Armed conflict
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
While Jordan covers most of its own medical needs, MSF is helping address additional health burdens resulting from the country’s status as something of a refuge for people facing trouble in their homelands.
Since 2006, for instance, MSF has operated a specialist surgical program in Amman for victims of conflict.
Initially opened for Iraqis, it now serves people from Yemen, Syria, Libya, Gaza, and Egypt as well. Admissions of Syrians alone increased the number of operations carried out by 77 percent over 2011. More than 100 Yemenis were admitted as well.
Physiotherapy has also been crucial for people with conflict-related injuries that could not be properly treated within their home countries, and staff provide psychosocial support to help people cope with symptoms of mental health distress as well.
Additionally, MSF began a trauma surgery program in Ramtha, Jordan, in September 2013. Located just three miles from the Syrian border, Ramtha is the first place many patients from the region just across the border can reach (assisted by medical networks inside Syria) to get the surgical care they need for wounds caused by conflict.
MSF’s outpatient department in Amman’s Jordanian Red Crescent hospital compound also treats Syrian refugees for both acute needs and chronic conditions. Teams conducted more than 350 medical and surgical consultations each month.
To provide effective care, referrals for additional expertise are sometimes required. MSF has therefore established relationships with Handicap International, the Center for Victims of Torture, the Jordan Health Aid Society, UN agencies, and specialist hospitals in Jordan.
MSF first began working in Jordan in 2006.