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AMMAN, Jordan - This week marks one year since the International Rescue Committee opened two primary health care centres in the Jordanian border cities of Mafraq and Ramtha. In that single year, close to 22,000 Syrian refugees have received checkups, pre- and post-natal care, and prescriptions for free medicine from local pharmacies. “The IRC was among the first humanitarian organisations to respond to refugees’ health needs in Jordan,” notes IRC Jordan country director Jack Byrne. “The fact that so many Syrians as well as vulnerable Jordanians living in border communities continue to use our clinics is testament to both the ongoing need for that care and the unparalleled success of our projects.”
The IRC’s clinics have evolved to meet the needs of a changing and growing refugee population. Today at the centres, the IRC also provides emotional support to women, men and children who have undergone traumatising experiences in Syria, and who face myriad new challenges as refugees. The clinics also serve as a base for outreach to urban refugees across the north of Jordan, who require not only medical and emotional support, but financial aid as well.
Today the IRC is providing support to vulnerable Syrians in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and inside Syria itself. While the cost of our Syria response programming exceeds £30 million, it’s not so simple to put a price on what a health clinic or a free prescription means to a refugee who has no income or access to health care.
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Photo: Peter Biro/The IRC