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Background: 2013

This is an extract from our latest Activity Report, published annually looking back on our work in the previous year.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continued a reconstructive surgery programme in Jordan for victims of conflict, opened a trauma programme for war wounded from Syria, and expanded activities to help meet the needs of Syrian refugees and ease pressure on host communities.

In Amman, MSF runs a regional reconstructive surgery programme for patients suffering from severe injuries that require a level of integrated and specialised care that is difficult for them to access anywhere else. Many people initially receive treatment for wounds at other hospitals, and a network of doctors refers them to the reconstructive surgery hospital.

Orthopaedic, maxillofacial and plastic reconstructive surgery is offered with essential complementary care that includes physiotherapy and psychosocial support. Patients are also provided with transportation and are accommodated at an MSF rehabilitation centre.

Surgeons performed 1,370 operations on patients from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Gaza in 2013. 

In addition, MSF conducted around 300 medical and surgical consultations per month for Syrian refugees at a special health clinic within the hospital compound. Physiotherapy services were also offered and a team provided physiotherapy and specialist referrals.

In August, MSF opened an emergency trauma project in the Ministry of Health hospital in Ar Ramtha, less than five kilometres from the border with Daraa governorate in Syria, an area which has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the conflict. Severely wounded patients crossing the border here are taken to Ar Ramtha hospital. They are the victims of bombings and shellings, and are caught in the middle of the violence and left with limited access to medical care.

Since the project opened, the team has admitted 181 patients and performed 336 major surgical procedures. The facility also offers individual and group mental health and physiotherapy sessions.  

Maternal and child health in Irbid

Irbid has one of the highest concentrations of Syrian refugees outside of the camps –there were over 120,000 in the governorate by the end of 2013. An assessment of their health situation conducted by MSF in May and June showed that mothers and children were not getting adequate healthcare.

MSF opened a programme in October offering consultations and inpatient care for refugees and people in need in host communities.

Filling a gap in paediatric care at Zaatari refugee camp, an MSF team ran a 24-hour hospital for children aged one to 10 from March to November. The project was closed when other health providers were able to meet the children’s needs. More than 17,500 patients were treated over the course of the programme.

At the end of 2013, MSF had 72 staff in Jordan. MSF first began working in Jordan in 2006.

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