Our Work in Jordan
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In Jordan, International Medical Corps provides primary health care, mental health and psychosocial support services at static and mobile clinics to Iraqi and Syrian refugees as well as vulnerable host populations. In response to the dramatic influx of refugees into Jordan, we have been working to expand mental health and psychosocial support services throughout the country. We have mobilized additional medical and psychosocial support teams to provide services and are working with our longtime partner Jordan Health Aid Society to deploy local medical personnel.
In partnership with UNICEF and Save the Children, International Medical Corps provides mental health and psychosocial support services, in addition to trainings for partner organizations, at UNHCR’s Za’atari refugee camp, where over 80,000 Syrians now reside. Since over 55% of camp residents are under the age of 18, we are also conducting youth empowerment activities for Syrian teens. In 2013, 32,000 children under 18 visited International Medical Corps-run child friendly spaces at the camp.
History: Occupying land along historical crossroads of the Middle East, Jordan has at one time or another been part of the Greek, Roman, Islamic and Ottoman Empires. It was plundered by Mongols and Christian crusaders, then, following World War I, carved up and presented to Britain as part of the British Mandate. After gaining its independence after World War II, Jordan became the de facto home for the waves of Palestinians who left their homelands after Israel was established in 1948. But after three wars with Israel, in the mid-1990s, Jordan became only the second Arab country (after Egypt) to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state. Today, Jordan is home to several hundred thousand refugees from another neighboring country—Iraq.