Project themes:

The Challenge

Karak is in the South of Jordan and has been described as ‘the forgotten corner of the Syrian Crisis’ with more than 20,000 refugees residing in the region. Syrian refugees who have found shelter in Karak, Tefile, Qatrane and other small villages are coming asking for help for medical emergency treatment. Unfortunately these areas are not the focus of humanitarian aid in Jordan; the local governments are stretched too thin and cannot help all the refugees.

Our Aim

We aim to help the most needy and support the hospitals’ doctors and nurses to care for as many vulnerable refugees as possible, to provide crucial treatments, lifesaving surgeries and any additional methods of support they may need.

Areas of work

Medical care for Syrian refugees

A Sister checks a young mother

The hospital provides essential and lifesaving medical treatment for Syrian refugees. It is the only hospital in the region with the necessary equipment and experienced staff required to perform the treatments needed; treatments such as dialysis for the increasing number of children suffering from kidney problems or emergency surgeries. Many of the Syrian refugees requiring emergency surgery are young mothers who require a caesarean section in order to safely delivery their babies. Without the care of the hospital’s surgeons and the excellent care of  Sr. Clara who oversees the postnatal ward, mother and baby could both very likely die in child birth. With IRT’s support the hospital is able to treat mothers and babies who desperately need their help.

The hospital also sees many Syrian refugees who are sick and require antibiotics to treat infection and fever. The unsanitary living conditions many of the refugees are forced to live in mean they are highly susceptible to infections, especially young childen. The Sisters and staff at the hospital ensure these children receive the necessary treatments and medication to recover from their infections.

Our partner

Jordan, karak hospital - partner org v2The Comboni Missionary Sisters

Illness knows no boundaries, and nor do the Sisters. Their compassion for everyone seeking their help is deep, and the medical care which the Sisters and their staff give is second to none.