Anera launches medical aid program in Jordan
April 28, 2020 | Amman – Anera delivered a shipment of medicines to Zaatari Refugee Camp last Thursday. The medications, generously donated by International Health Partners (UK), will make treatment available for asthma and a number of bacterial and parasitic worm infections. Anera delivered the medicines to our local partner, Syrian American Medical Society, to stock their health clinic in the camp.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the challenges to delivering medical shipments globally, while at the same time making treatment for health conditions like asthma that put patients at increased risk all the more vital. Anera is pleased to be able to resume its medical aid program in Jordan during this time of pressing need for health care for the most vulnerable. Anera last maintained programs in Jordan in 2012, primarily serving the needs of the Iraqi refugee population.
Carina Aoun, who is representing Anera in Jordan now, says,
“Anera’s medicine donations program is playing an unprecedented role in providing disadvantaged families with critically needed medicines for communicable and non-communicable diseases, available to patients free of charge. Jordan remains one of the largest refugee host countries in the region. Ensuring equal access to healthcare services for both Jordanian and refugee families can be challenging. The public health care system is under heavy strain. Hospitals and clinics are struggling under tremendous economic constraints.”
Anera is currently in the process of finalizing another delivery of medicines in partnership with Medical Aid for Palestinians – Jordan. This delivery will go to Jerash Camp (also known as Gaza Camp). The donation will include vitamin D supplements. Health levels of this vitamin are crucial for health during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Severely low vitamin D levels are widespread among women in Jerash Camp, which can have an irreversible impact on the growth and development of children.
Anera is delivering both shipments of medical donations in partnership with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization.
Established in northern Jordan in 2012, Zaatari is the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees. Jerash Camp is often referred to as Gaza Camp because it was set up in 1968 to shelter the large number of refugees from Gaza that fled the 1967 war.
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