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Community-based health and first aid program (CBHFA) serves over 30 thousand across five branches.

17 Feb 2015

  Jordan Red Crescent, with support from the government of Japan and in partnership with IFRC, ran a Community-based health and first aid program (CBHFA) as part of national society ongoing efforts to provide health education to target vulnerable groups of Syrian refugees and host community. The program is designed to empower communities and their volunteers to take charge of their health and address priority health needs by using simple tools adapted to the local context. The CBHFA approach goal is to create healthy, resilient communities contributing to Millennium Development Goals. Due to the Syrian crisis, 80-85% of the 620,000 registered Syrian refugees that have sought safety in Jordan live in the community sharing the same services as the resident Jordanian population. This has put enormous pressure on the Jordanian public health system as many arriving refugees develop new or have existing health issues that are exacerbated due to the living conditions. CBHFA aims to lessen this burden by providing, knowledge and skills to community members to better understand their health, change behavior that leads to increased health risks, identify, prevent and manage minor health issues in the household, understand when and where to seek medical assistance, improve health outcomes and build resilience. All beneficiaries including the host community and the refugee population played an active role by working with the Jordanian Red Crescent to identify and prioritize their health needs within their respective community. The CBHFA approach went beyond first aid. It also focused on other health needs such as diseases caused by insects, poor sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, lifestyle behavior (non-communicable diseases), HIV/AIDS, TB etc. Besides Amman, the program was run in four JRC branches: Irbid, Jerash, Ajloun and Mafraq in June and ended in November 2014. The CBHFA program served a total of 31,203 Syrian refugees and Jordanians across five governorates, with 13,837 of them male and 17,366 female. The program still requires ongoing support to ensure that it becomes imbedded into the communities’ way of life and as part of  JRC national strategy.        

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