Press Release

Sharp Increase in Number of Syrian Refugees Fleeing into Jordan; International Medical Corps Rapidly Scaling up Humanitarian Services

In more than two years of conflict in Syria, over 500,000 Syrians have fled across the border into Jordan, dramatically increasing the need for humanitarian relief. International Medical Corps has worked in Jordan since 2007 and today 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 Syrian refugees, we have been expanding mental health and psychosocial support services on the border and throughout the country. We have mobilized additional medical and psychosocial support teams to provide services and are working with partner Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS) to deploy local medical personnel.

To address the need for social, mental health and psychosocial services at Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan where more than 200,000 Syrians reside, International Medical Corps is providing mental health case management services, psychosocial activities and humanitarian guidelines training with support from UNICEF. As more than 55% of the displaced is comprised of people under the age of 18, and there are no structured activities for youth, International Medical Corps is also implementing youth empowerment activities. Furthermore, International Medical Corps is providing technical assistance to JHAS on the provision of primary health care services in the camp.

In response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, International Medical Corps is working to address Syrian refugee needs in Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, and is providing critical health services inside Damascus.

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