How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in Jordan
In Zaatari refugee camp, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
opened a dedicated 30-bed COVID-19 treatment center, in collaboration with the Jordanian Ministry of Health, UNHCR, and others. In a dedicated ‘transition area’ of the camp, MSF teams also carry out daily screenings for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. We screened people with confirmed cases of COVID and people who were close contacts, transferring patients in need of medical attention to our COVID- 19 treatment center. As the numbers of people with symptomatic COVID-19 (mild and moderate) is declining, we are discussing possible closure of the health facility. MSF teams will remain on stand-by in case there is drastic increase of cases in the camp. MSF will also continue supporting with the medical assessment of people with confirmed COVID-19 in the isolation area as needed. In our reconstructive surgery project hospital in Amman, MSF ran a 40-bed COVID-19 treatment center for people with mild and moderate cases from 14 November to 31 December 2020. We received 47 patients and admitted 37. By the end of 2020, we decided to close the center due to the low number of patients needing treatment and the declining number of cases in the country.
In Jordan, MSF runs health care programs to assist Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities.
Following the closure of the border between southern Syria and Jordan and the announcement of a ‘de-escalation zone’ in southwestern Syria in July 2017, the number of refugees and war-wounded entering the country decreased. However, there are still almost 671,000 registered and an unknown number of unregistered Syrian refugees in Jordan, most of whom rely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs. In February 2018, the Jordanian government announced the cancellation of subsidized health care for Syrian refugees, making it even more difficult for them to access medical services.
Our three clinics in Irbid governorate provide Syrians and vulnerable Jordanians with treatment for NCDs, a leading cause of death in the region. The teams offer medical and mental health care, including home visits, psychosocial support, physiotherapy and health promotion, to patients with diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. In 2018, we carried out more than 21,000 outpatient consultations and over 4,000 individual mental health consultations.
In 2018, we also supported a primary health care center in Turra, in Ar Ramtha’s Sahel Houran district, where we conducted over outpatient consultations for Syrian refugees and the local community in 2018, before handing over to the Ministry of Health. Learn how you can best help in Jordan and other countries.
Maternal and child health
We have been running a maternity department and a 16-bed neonatal intensive care unit in Irbid since late 2013, assisting a total of around 16,000 deliveries. In the nine months to September, when we handed over the maternity to another NGO, our teams carried out 11,000 antenatal consultations, assisted almost 2,700 deliveries and admitted 664 newborns.
In 2018, we increased our focus on mental health care, offering support to Syrian children and their parents in Mafraq governorate.
Reconstructive surgery for victims of violence in the Middle East
Our reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman continued providing comprehensive care to a monthly average of 200 patients with conflict-related injuries from neighboring countries, mainly Iraq, Syria, Yemen and the Occupied Palestinian territories. This includes orthopedic, plastic, and maxillofacial surgery, physiotherapy, mental health support, and fitting prosthetics.
Since 2016, we have been 3D-printing upper-limb prosthetic devices that are essential for patients to regain their physical integrity and autonomy. In 2018, our teams performed 1,160 surgical interventions. Please donate to support our work in Jordan and other countries around the world now.
Emergency surgery in Ar Ramtha
In early 2018, we took the difficult decision to close our 41-bed surgical facility in Ar Ramtha, due to the sharp decrease in the number of wounded patients referred from southern Syria following the closure of borders in June 2016.
Since September 2013, the project had helped thousands of patients recover from physical injuries, as well as psychological trauma. In just over four years, our teams tended at least 2,700 war-wounded patients in the emergency room, admitted and treated 1,842, carried out over 3,700 major surgical interventions, performed more than 8,500 physiotherapy sessions, and conducted around 5,900 psychosocial support sessions.