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Amman, July 17- Today, the European Union (EU), the Ministry of Health and UNOPS formally launched a project to improve Jordan’s health sector.
The 10-million-euro contribution by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (EUTF Madad), will support the expansion and equipping of the emergency departments in three hospitals to meet the increasing health needs of the host communities and Syrian refugees in Jordan. The three hospitals, Jamil Tutunji in the Sahab district of Amman, Ramtha Hospital in Irbid, and Ruweished Hospital in Mafraq will also receive three fully equipped ambulances to improve efficiency and reach of healthcare services.
The EU Ambassador to Jordan, H.E Andrea Matteo Fontana said: "The EU will continue to assist the Ministry of Health in improving the health services provided to local communities and Syrian refugees by meeting their health needs, promoting resilience, and strengthening the national health system and services."
With the support of the EU, UNOPS will also design and construct the new emergency departments, deliver the medical equipment, and design and construct photovoltaic (PV) systems to provide the needed electricity in a sustainable and innovative manner.
"UNOPS is pleased to cooperate with the EU and Jordan in two of our areas of expertise, infrastructure and procurement. The project will substantially improve the quality of health services provided to those in need. UNOPS remains committed to continuing to support Jordan in their efforts to both deliver assistance to the vulnerable and ensure attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals," said Ms. Bana Kaloti, UNOPS Regional Director for the Middle East.
“It is unquestionable that the support offered by the European Union over the past years is a backing for Jordanian efforts to face health sector challenges imposed by the effects of the Syrian crisis,” said H.E. Dr. Saad Jaber, Minister of Health.
According to the UNHCR, there are over 663 000 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan. As a result of the influx of Syrian refugees and the increased demand on the already over extended social services, livelihoods and access to quality public services in the host communities have been significantly affected. The Jordan response Plan 2017 – 2019 suggests that 22% of the population in Jordan face challenges accessing services. Furthermore, only 40% of refugees living outside camps currently have access to health care services, leaving over 300,000 without regular access to health care.
About the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, the EU 'Madad' Fund:
Since its establishment in December 2014, a significant share of the EU’s non-humanitarian aid for Syria’s neighbouring countries is provided through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the EU 'Madad' Fund. The Trust Fund brings a more coherent and integrated EU aid response to the crisis and primarily addresses longer term economic, educational, protection and social needs of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, and supports overstretched local communities and their administrations. To date, the Trust Fund has committed 334 million euros to Jordan.
For more information about the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis ‘Madad Fund’, please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/trustfund-syria-region/content/home_en
About UNOPS - United Nations Office of Project Services
UNOPS helps the UN and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions. UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. UNOPS services cover infrastructure, project management, procurement, financial management and human resources. Our partners call on us to supplement their own capacities, improve speed, reduce risks, boost cost-effectiveness and increase quality.
The UNOPS Hub in Amman covers Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, and implements projects in partnership with bilateral donors, national governments, and other UN agencies.
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