at Za’atari Camp
at Za’atari Camp
See this exclusive video of UNHCR’s daily, hard work ensuring Za’atari residents are healthy and Abdul’s perspective on this
You’re helping provide refugees with life-saving medical care
Click to watch your latest video. You’ll hear Dina Jardaneh explain how your support helps meet some of the huge challenges involved in attending to the health needs of around 83,000 refugees in Za’atari.
Your support helps us provide the medicine and treatments that save people’s lives – and it also helps prevent deadly disease.
In densely populated camps like Za’atari, we have to constantly be wary of disease outbreaks. If a virus like cholera or typhoid develops in the camp, there is the potential for it to quickly spiral out of control and claim many lives. So in Za’atari preventing disease is every bit as important as treating people who might already be ill.
Facts & Figures
There are around 80,00 people currently living in Za’atari – and they will have the same variety of healthcare needs as 80,000 people living anywhere. There are elderly people with respiratory and mobility problems, there are people with chronic complaints such as kidney disease or heart problems who need long-term care and medication to stay alive. And children are vulnerable, like they are everywhere, to conditions like measles and chicken pox which, if untreated, can quickly become dangerous and even fatal.
14,000 – average no. of health consultations per week
80 births per week,
1 delivery unit
1 hospital with 55 beds and 10 health care centres
150 community health volunteers
58 full time clinicians
100% of deliveries are attended by skilled personnel
Statistics correct as of August 2017
Read what UNHCR’s Public Health Officer has to Say
“Refugees are like everybody else: we all need medical care.” Dina Jardaneh, Assistant Public Health Officer, tells us about her work at a health clinic in Za’atari.
“If you look at a cross-section of the population anywhere in the world, you’d find a huge range of medical needs and conditions. So one of the biggest challenges here in Za’atari is making sure everybody has access to the specific care or treatment they need.
“It’s sometimes forgotten that, just like people in any population, there will be a number of refugees with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart conditions or cancer. It’s my job to make sure they’re provided with the care they need. We have a 30-bed hospital here in camp, but not the facilities to do everything, so this means sometimes referring people with life-threatening conditions to hospitals in Jordan.
“And of course there are people with disabilities who might need mobility aids or physiotherapy. There are people with mental health conditions who might need medication or counselling. The Syrian health care system has been destroyed so we need to make sure all the children get their vaccinations. And we have to put systems in place to make sure we’re on top of infectious diseases like measles, so there are no serious outbreaks.
“We also, of course, have people with war wounds. Some need their dressings changed everyday and may not be able to come to the clinic – so we have to make sure they’re getting help too.
“There’s a huge range of challenges but I am particularly passionate about ante and post-natal care. Whether or not a woman is a refugee, they have the right to give birth in a safe environment, with skilled health workers on hand.
“It’s hard work. We work long hours, we’re in the desert and it’s hard to maintain energy levels. But there’s nothing more rewarding than helping vulnerable people who are in so much need.”
Because of disruption caused by war, babies and young children from Syria have often not had their injections, so we make sure all the young ones are fully immunised. Credit ©UNHCR/C.Herwig
Dr Dineen leads a large team of doctors and UNHCR public health professionals to make sure that primary and secondary health care is delivered to patients in the camps. Credit ©UNHCR/W.Page
A baby sleeps as her mother waits for a consultation at the main clinic in Za'atari refugee camp Credit ©UNHCR/D.Azia