International Rescue Committee, Jordan MoH sign memo to support health system

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Jordanian Ministry of Health (MoH) have signed a MoU for a $1.35 million donation to the IRC for the provision of awareness, primary health and reproductive health integrated services in Jordan.


The MoU is aimed at activating the partnership and cooperation relationship between the MoH and the IRC for the effective implementation of the project.


The contribution includes an in-kind donation from the IRC of some $300,000 for the provision of medical supplies and equipment, purchased with funding from The Pfizer Foundation.


The supplies and equipment will contribute to the Ministry’s COVID-19 response in northern governorates of Irbid and Mafraq, as well as hospitals in Amman, which were established to ease some of the burden on other public health facilities.


The support further aims to contribute to health system strengthening in each of Irbid, Ramtha and Mafraq.


As part of the contribution from The Pfizer Foundation to the IRC in addition to support from IRC’s partner Community Jameel, the IRC has provided eight ventilators, five water purification units for dialysis centres and other essential medical and non-medical equipment to the Ministry of Health in support of Jordan’s national response to COVID-19.


In an official statement by Minister of Health, Firas Hawari, he emphasized the importance of the partnership with IRC in supporting the health sector in the Kingdom, especially in the face of this global pandemic.


He indicated that the ventilators and other medical and non-medical equipment will contribute to supporting the health sector and treating many patients in ICU’s who are most in need, in addition to enhancing the capacities of hospital and clinic staff in combatting the virus.


“We must tackle the situation we are facing at present as a nation and as a global community so it is crucial that we continue to support healthcare services and safeguard frontline health workers in Jordan,” said Sarra Ghazi, IRC Jordan Country Director in IRC’s statement on the partnership with the Ministry of Health.


“The IRC is fully committed to supporting the Government of Jordan in continuing to strengthen the public health system to respond to health crises and help people whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by the pandemic.


With the government’s support we have been able to continue providing healthcare to vulnerable Jordanians and refugees in Mafraq and Ramtha, as well as to refugees in both Azraq and Za’atari camps, ensuring that all those in need of healthcare are able to receive it.”


The in-kind medical assistance provided to the Ministry of Health includes minor rehabilitation operations of more than ten health clinics within the Ministry of Health’s Mafraq and Ramtha directorates for public health system strengthening within these governorates.


The ICU ventilators for both pediatric and adult use are aimed at supporting the national health system in responding to increased caseloads of severe COVID-19 cases and have already been installed at Al-Basheer Hospital – one of the key government-operated hospitals in Amman.


Two defibrillators with emergency trollies have also been delivered and installed at Al-Basheer by IRC, as well two for public hospitals in Zarqa and one for Al-Karak Public Hospital.


As a primary humanitarian and development responder in the Kingdom since 2007, IRC has been supporting both Jordanians and refugees. During the Coronavirus pandemic, IRC has to date provided more than 50,000 humanitarian services to 40,000 beneficiaries in Jordan, including primary health services, women protection and empowerment activities, economic recovery services, child protection and early childhood development programs.


Source: Jordan News Agency

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