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EU commit €15 million to strengthen primary healthcare in Jordan

By : JD

Jordan Daily – The European Union (EU) has committed €15 million to a project aimed at enhancing the quality of care for Syrian refugees and host communities. The funding agreement was signed at the Ministry of Health in the presence of Minister of Health, Dr. Firas Al-Hawari, and key representatives from the EU and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The four-year program, titled “Strengthening access to quality primary health care services for Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan,” is part of the EU’s broader response to the Syrian crisis through its Neighborhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI Global Europe). The project aligns with the Ministry of Health’s Strategic Plan and Jordan’s Economic Modernization vision.

Dr. Al-Hawari expressed gratitude for the EU and WHO’s support, which he believes will significantly aid the government’s efforts to prepare primary healthcare centers and move towards universal health coverage. The project will focus on upgrading selected facilities to meet service standards, improving healthcare workers’ skills, and enhancing Health Information System infrastructures.

Mr. Patrick Lambrechts, Head of Cooperation at the European Union Delegation to Jordan, emphasized the importance of supporting Jordan’s commitment to strengthening primary health care systems and achieving universal health coverage, which is integral to the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Jamela Al-Raiby, WHO Representative to Jordan, highlighted the project’s role in laying the foundation for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health-related SDGs. The initiative will promote integrated health services and improve access to primary healthcare, particularly for Syrian refugees and their host communities.

The collaborative effort adopts a ‘whole-of-government’ and ‘whole-of-society’ approach, aiming to leverage the collective strength of Jordan’s institutions and communities to foster a healthier future for all citizens and residents, marking a significant advancement in the nation’s healthcare sector.

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