Delivering Essential Medication in Jordan Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs two clinics to treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like high blood pressure and diabetes in Irbid, Jordan. Since the coronavirus pandemic reached the country in March, our teams have had to adapt operations quickly in order to ensure continuity of care. NCDs are a major cause of death in Jordan and it is essential that patients continue to receive their medications during the pandemic. MSF adapted quickly to the strict and effective lockdown put in place by the Jordanian government by delivering medications to patients. “This required quite a big switch, we had to have a lot more drivers available, a lot more staff available to go out on delivery and pharmacy had to work very hard to prepare large numbers of medications all at once,” said MSF medical activity manager Rowena Neville. Once MSF implemented infection prevention measures, teams were able to deliver medications to 3,400 patients during the lockdown.