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In Jordan, Handicap International provides emergency assistance to refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict, in particular those who are injured or especially vulnerable. The organisation also runs projects to promote greater recognition of disabled people’s rights in Jordan.

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In Jordan, Handicap International provides emergency assistance to refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict, in particular those who are injured or especially vulnerable. The organisation also runs projects to promote greater recognition of disabled people’s rights in Jordan.
In Jordan, Handicap International provides emergency assistance to refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict, in particular those who are injured or especially vulnerable. The organisation also runs projects to promote greater recognition of disabled people’s rights in Jordan.

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More than 620,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Jordan to escape the conflict in Syria. Totally disoriented after months of bombings, they need to be guided to the correct reception facilities. For people who are injured or especially fragile it is essential that the appropriate care is provided.

Since the summer of 2012, Handicap International has been working with Syrian refugees in north west Jordan, where the organisation has opened a rehabilitation centre. Physiotherapy services, prostheses and orthoses are delivered by Handicap International staff to people with injuries at this centre, but also in hospitals and clinics.

The organisation has also set up a series of “Disability and Vulnerability Focal Points”, both permanent and mobile, to ensure that the most vulnerable people receive the humanitarian aid they need: rehabilitation care, prostheses, mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs, etc.), psychosocial support and help in accessing other forms of humanitarian aid. Additional support can be provided to refugees who need assistance to buy basic necessities (water, food, hygiene items and clothes) and pay for their accommodation. The organisation also raises the Syrian people’s awareness of the dangers of explosive remnants of war, to prepare them for a possible return to their home country.

Some 130,000 Syrian refugees have already benefited from these initiatives.

Finally, a presence in Jordan also enables Handicap International to work with disabled people’s organisations, helping them to gain greater recognition of their rights in the country. 

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Background

A stable country in spite of the mass influx of Syrian refugees. 

Though Jordan has an average human development index (HDI) value, there is still evidence of significant inequalities within the population. It is known to be one of the most stable countries in the region. More than 620,000 Syrian refugees are currently living there. Among the new refugees, a growing number of vulnerable people have been identified. On their arrival, they find themselves in an unknown environment with no resources, and often require emergency support. 

In April 2014, a survey conducted in Lebanon and Jordan by Handicap International, working in collaboration with HelpAge International, found that 5.7% of refugees, i.e. more than 90,000 people, had serious injuries.  Moreover, in three out of four cases these injuries will lead to a permanent disability due to their severity and the lack of medical attention.

Status of people with disabilities

People with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable population groups in Jordan, particularly if they live in rural or isolated areas. A major step forward in protecting their rights was achieved when Jordan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008. However, people with disabilities have very little involvement in developing public policy. 

Jordan - Handicap International
Jordan - Handicap International
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Partners

  • Supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities

    Ladies of Dlail Association for Persons with Special Needs (Dlail)

    Support for Disabled People’s Organisations

    • In Jordan: Birzeit University – Center for Continuing Education (CCE)
    • In the Occupied Palestinian Territories : King Hussein Foundation – Information and Research Center (KHFIRC)

    Empowerment of injured and disabled Syrian refugees (Regional project in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon)

    We currently do not have a Jordanian partner for this project; this regional project’s two partners are based in Iraq (Nujeen for Family Democratising Organisation) and Lebanon (Arab NGO Network for Development).