Providing care to refugees and other vulnerable communities

Once a month, the MSF team visits 77-year old Khairiyam, who is suffering from diabetes. In Jordan, MSF runs a non-communicable diseases project in Irbid governorate, providing medical treatment for Syrian refugees and Jordanians.
JORDAN 2017 © Maya Abu Ata/MSF
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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provided health care to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians around the country.

MSF was the main reproductive health care provider for Syrian refugees in Irbid governorate, next to the Syrian border. In 2016, the team assisted 3,663 deliveries, admitted 658 newborn babies to the unit, and carried out 14,848 antenatal consultations. MSF also provided mental health support to children under the age of 18. The medical evacuation of war-wounded Syrians to Ramtha hospital was greatly limited by Jordan’s decision to close its borders in June. However, MSF worked with the health ministry to provide emergency surgical and post-operative care, treating 369 war-wounded patients and carrying out over 1,239 individual counselling sessions in 2016. At the post-operative care facility in Zaatari refugee camp, MSF treated 126 patients and conducted more than 1,283 psychosocial sessions before closing the facility in December.

In March 2016, MSF opened a clinic in Ramtha city to care for refugees and vulnerable Jordanians requiring treatment for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The clinic offered medical care, home visits, and psychosocial support to 1,500 patients and provided 9,022 consultations in 2016. In April, MSF introduced psychosocial support in its NCDs project in Irbid, with two clinics conducting over 25,500 consultations. In September, MSF started supporting the comprehensive primary health care center in Turra, Irbid, providing outpatient consultations, maternal health care, mental health support, and health education for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians. The team conducted 3,083 consultations by the end of the year.

More than 75,000 Syrians—75 percent of them women and children—were stranded at the northeastern border of Jordan along a desert frontier known as the berm. In May, MSF began operating mobile clinics at the refugee camp in Rukban, focusing on children under five and pregnant women. When access to the border was halted after an attack near the berm on June 21, MSF actively negotiated to return to the area and respond to the urgent medical needs of the people living there.

At the Amman reconstructive surgery hospital, MSF treated war-wounded patients and indirect victims of violence from neighboring countries—mainly Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories—performing 1,055 surgical procedures in 2016.