International Medical Corps works around-the-world to strengthen the capacity of local non-profit and community organizations so that social support systems are stronger and sustainable long-term. In Jordan, International Medical Corps is working with Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS) to not only deliver life-saving health care services throughout the Middle East, but to also improve their administrative and financial abilities as an organization.
Founded in July 2005 by Dr. Yaroup Ajlouni, JHAS is one of International Medical Corps’ key partners in Jordan and throughout the Middle East. Most recently, JHAS has deployed dozens of nurses to International Medical Corps emergency response operations in Libya, as well as to other ongoing programs in Jordan. In addition to growing demands and opportunities with International Medical Corps, JHAS is also taking on projects with new institutions, including the The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
On October 26 in Amman, International Medical Corps and JHAS started the first phase of evaluating and improving JHAS’ systems. The process began with a Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) analysis of the organization. The SWOT takeaways are now being used to develop JHAS’ comprehensive action plan, which is set to be completed in December.
“The workshop was an opportunity for the JHAS team to work together to identify their strengths and opportunities and pinpoint areas they need to develop to effectively manage their ever increasing project portfolio both in Jordan and neighboring countries,” said Ashraf Al Hurani, International Medical Corps’ Finance Director in Jordan, who facilitated the process. “This growth needs to be developed on firm administrative foundations with all [of] the JHAS team.”
True to International Medical Corps’ mission, through capacity strengthening programs like this one, the organization hopes to foster lasting change and long-term solutions for vulnerable communities.