Why are we there?
- Refugees and IDPs
- Armed conflict
- Jordan: International support urgently needed for Syrian refugees
- Syrian Voices: Im Younes - "Living in a refugee camp is like having to die very slowly"
- Syrian Voices: Om Mostafa - "We couldn't risk our children's lives any longer"
This is an extract from our latest Activity Report, published annually looking back on our work in the previous year.
Jordan has become a place of refuge for hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing conflict in their country.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been operating a specialist surgical programme in Amman for victims of conflict since 2006.
The programme was initially established to offer surgery for severely wounded Iraqis – adults and children burned and wounded by bombs and explosions, many requiring reconstructive and orthopaedic surgery they could not get in their home country. With increased conflict in the region, patients now come from Yemen, Syria, Libya, Gaza and Egypt.
From March, MSF visited transit camps and health facilities, in an effort to identify Syrian refugees in need of operations and offer them surgery. As a result, the number of orthopaedic operations increased by 77 per cent over 2011. There was also an increase in Yemeni patients, with more than 100 admitted in 2012.
Expanding medical activities
Many Syrians are in need of medical care and mental health support. MSF opened an outpatient department in Amman’s Jordanian Red Crescent hospital compound. Patients receive treatment for both acute needs and chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. More than 350 medical and surgical consultations were conducted monthly.
Physiotherapy has also been crucial for people with conflict-related injuries that could not be properly treated within Syria, and staff provide psychosocial support to help people cope with symptoms of mental health distress as well.
To provide effective care, referrals for additional expertise and services are sometimes required. MSF has therefore developed partnerships with Handicap International, the Center for Victims of Torture, the Jordan Health Aid Society, UN agencies and specialist hospitals in Jordan.
MSF first began working in Jordan in 2006.