During a crisis, reproductive health services - including antenatal care and emergency obstetric care -often become unavailable and many women lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy and deliveries in unsafe conditions.
Since the Syrian crisis began and refugees started arriving in Jordan, UNFPA Jordan has been scaling up its programs to cover the needs of the vulnerable population with a goal of minimizing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, and strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Health and other national & International partners by providing trainings and supplies to help address increased pressure and caseloads on health facilities for reproductive health services.
Currently, UNFPA is supporting a number of stakeholders including Ministry of Health, Jordan Health Aid Society, Aman Society, Gynecologie Sans Frontiers, Moroccan Military field hospital and International Rescue Committee to provide reproductive health services in 10 governorates and all the refugee camps within Jordan. The main areas of intervention are:
1. Coordination: UNFPA is chairing the Reproductive Health sub-working group and participating actively in the national and field health working groups.
UNFPA is at the forefront, delivering aid and working to ensure the specific needs of women and girls are factored into humanitarian response" . Dr. Babatunde Osotemehin, UNFPA Executive Director
2.Capacity Building:UNFPA supports training of governmental and nongovernmental service providers on reproductive health topics including Clinical Management of Rape, Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) for reproductive health in emergency and Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care. Staff from Saudi Clinic, French Military Hospital, Morroccan Military Hospital, Gynecologie Sans Frontiers, Medecins du Monde, Jordan Health Aid Society, Institute for Family Health, International Medical Corp, UNHCR, WHO and Ministry of Health participated in these trainings.
3. Provroung reproductive health services: UNFPA supports its partners in providing reproductive health services and awareness raising through 13 static clinics in Amman, Zarqa, Ramtha, Irbid, Mafraq including the 3 refugee camps and 3 Medical Mobile Units and outreach teams (northern governorates, southern governorates and the Jordan Valley).
Currently, the static and mobile clinics supported by UNFPA provide reproductive health care to approximately 1000 beneficiaries each week. The awareness raising and outreach teams provide reproductive health education to approximately 600 beneficiaries each week. The number of beneficiaries is expected to increase as the number of refugees increases.