Urgent medical care for Syrian Refugees living in Jordan

Emergency Appeal

Only 20% of the budget for the Karak Hospital has been raised for this year. Patients are being turned away as the hospital is unable to cope with the demand. Funding for the Italian Hospitals has significantly decreased as large international donors have withdrawn support their support to the Syrian crisis. WE ARE IN URGENT NEED OF YOUR SUPPORT NOW.

Over 672,000 Syrians have registered with the UN Refugee Agency in Jordan. However, the real number of refugees is estimated to be over 1.3 million, representing 10% of Jordan’s current population. International reports cite that 82% of Syrian refugees are living below the poverty line, however, only refugees registered and living in refugee camps are eligible for free healthcare. This means hundreds of thousands of refugees are left unable to afford urgent medical care and are solely reliant on humanitarian aid. In response, IRT supports two Italian Hospitals in Amman and Karak, by covering the cost of medical treatment for Syrian refugees. 

Since the onset of the Syrian civil war, the two ‘Italian Hospitals’ supported by IRT, have become invaluable centres for Syrian refugee families, unable to access state healthcare facilities. Those in need of treatment have come from all over Jordan. Many of the patients suffer from illnesses ranging from respiratory infections to serious gastrointestinal disorders, and the hospitals try and guarantee medical treatment to pregnant women, children, and babies with severe infections.

During 2021-2022, the Italian Hospitals were not required to treat coronavirus patients and were instead able to continue their vital work of providing free treatment to those who urgently need it. However, just as many healthcare services across the world were stretched, the two hospitals were pushed to their limit – impacting the most marginalised communities the hardest. In Jordan, international organisations re-directed funding to Covid-19 support and medical supplies and staff have had to balance routine procedures with coronavirus care

Only 17% of Syrian refugees live within refugee camps. 83% are therefore do not have access to free medical care.

The AMman Hospital

The Amman Hospital was established in 1993, and is run by our partners, The Dominican Sisters of The Presentation. In 1998, the hospital underwent an expansion and increased its capacity to 95 beds distributed on six floors. The hospital provides patients care and treatment in almost all medical and surgical specialities including sophisticated and technically advanced medical interventions and surgical operations. 

Last year, the Amman hospital was able to treat over 450,000 people as out-patients, 5,800 as in-patients and performed an estimated 2,600 operations. As one of the only hospitals in Amman that is both fully equipped and committed to providing affordable healthcare, the hospital is a life line for many.

Statistics for the Amman Hospital

This Year
operations performed
patients treated everyday
caesarean sections everyday

The Karak Hospital

Described as ‘the forgotten corner of the Syrian Crisis’ more than 20,000 refugees reside in the region of Karak. Refugees who have settled in Karak, Tefile and Qatrane travel to the Karak Hospital for emergency medical treatment. 

The Italian Hospital in Karak was founded in 1935 and has been providing healthcare services to the most vulnerable families for over 80 years. The hospital is managed by the Combonian Nuns who are deeply committed to helping all people in need, regardless of their religion. The hospital is run on a not-for-profit basis and medical treatments are made as affordable and accessible as possible to serve the most disadvantaged populations of the area. Since the onset of the Syria crisis, the hospital has become an invaluable centre for Syrian refugee families unable to access national health services.

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