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news | August 21, 2017 | Jordan | Rehabilitation

Providing free health services to the citizens of Balama’a, Jordan

On July 12th, more than 145 people from the municipality of Balama’a came to receive free medical services from the IR mobile clinic, including more than 50 Syrian refugee families

As part of the EU Madad-funded LEADERS project, ACTED has teamed up with Islamic Relief Organisation (IR) to support vulnerable families in Balama’a, Jordan, and provide them with the health services they need, free of charge.

On July 12th, more than 145 people from the municipality of Balama’a came to receive free medical services from the IR mobile clinic, including more than 50 Syrian refugee families. The mobile clinic prioritised giving free health care to families without any health insurance, aiming to relieve some of the financial burden of proper healthcare. The mobile clinic also encouraged families to undergo free medical examinations, such as physical exams. “With these physical examinations we encourage preventative health care. We want to make sure any health problem is caught and treated early on, and this prevents families from coming in later with a much more serious condition that is more difficult to cure,” one doctor explained.

Positive results

“This day offered a full range of services for patients, including a team of nurses and doctors who performed medical examinations, diabetes tests for patients, and a team of pharmacists and nurses to distribute free medicines to patients,” says Souhad, one Jordanian beneficiary, “Thank you so much to all the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and all those involved in this day.”

“I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone who attended, contributed, participated and organized this special day, it has such a positive effect on all those who needed such support,” says Ahmad, a Syrian refugee living in Balama’a, “I have been examined by the medical staff and was treated with the utmost respect.”

The day of free medical services, in addition to providing services to families in need, represented the great spirit of community that exists among people in Balama’a, between those who have lived in Balama’a for generations and Syrian refugees alike. The willingness of the doctors to volunteer their services for the well-being of their community, and for no personal gain or payment, is in keeping with the community spirit of volunteerism and engagement. To continue fostering this community engagement, as part of the EU-funded LEADERS project ACTED has been conducting community initiatives throughout Balama’a for the past five months, and looks forward to the future initiatives to come.