DRC holds free medical day in Jordan

This week, the Danish Refugee Council held an open medical day in Amman, Jordan for Syrian and Jordanian families.


More than 450 people attended the open medical day this week at the Danish Refugee Council Tarabot Community Centre, held in collaboration with the Institute of Family Health of Nour alHussien Foundation (IFH).

“Medical Day is a great example of how DRC use our network and partnerships to facilitate much needed services for both refugees and host communities in Amman. The Tarabot centre also provides a neutral and safe environment for learning and dialogue and significantly improves community cohesion” Andrew Merat, DRC Jordan Head of Programmes

Over 300 Syrians, 76 Jordanians and 40 Iraqi and Sudanese beneficiaries saw specialised doctors who provided essential health services to the visitors through a standing general medical clinic, hearing clinic and eye clinic, in addition to a dermatologist, gynaecologist and a paediatrician who were present at the Tarabot Centre [Arabic for interconnected], which was established by DRC and its local implementing partner, the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), with financial support from DFID, in late 2015.

Visitors at the centre praised the services provided by the IFH and its staff.

“Everything was well-organised and I got the medicine I needed, the treatment of the doctors and the employees were good,” Ahmad*, 34, told DRC.

The open medical day will be followed by assessments carried out by the Hearing Aid Clinic, for the purpose of distributing 50 ear implants to the clinic beneficiaries.

A fully operational pharmacy was also on site which distributed all prescribed medicines free of charge.

Over 46 per cent of the 7,300 Tarabot visitors in 2016 were Syrian refugees, with the rest from Jordanian, Palestinian, Iraqi and Egyptian nationalities.

DRC has been present in Jordan since 2003 to respond to the Iraqi refugee crisis, and currently engages in a multi-sectoral response to the Syrian crisis since 2013, providing emergency assistance, protection services and community support in Amman, Karak, Tafileh and Ma’an.

*DRC changed the names of people featured in this story to protect their identity.