In Jordan, HI provides rehabilitation services to people with disabilities. It detects risks or signs of disability among young children and provides rehabilitation services in order to mitigate complications. HI also works for inclusive employment and access to education for all, including children with disabilities.
Rehabilitation session in a cntre supported by HI | © Dan Giannopoulos / Handicap International
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Since 2012, HI has been working alongside Syrian refugees and vulnerable people in Jordan, especially people with disabilities. The association provides physiotherapy and orthopaedic equipment/services to people with disabilities or people with injuries in partner hospitals. The association train Jordan health professionals in order to provide quality services: rehabilitation care, prostheses, mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs, etc.), psychosocial support and assistance in accessing other forms of humanitarian aid. HI also focus on early detection and early intervention of disabilities among children in order to mitigate the risks of complications.
Meanwhile, the association and local partners provide better access to education for all and job opportunities for youth with disabilities. HI also conducts inclusive education activities targeting early years (kindergarten level) in Jordan.
Situation of the country
Jordan is one of the most stable countries in the region. Although it has an average human development index, there are still significant inequalities among the population and an important increase of the unemployment rate.
More than 672,000 Syrian refugees are living in Jordan. In 2018, a survey conducted in Jordan by HI and IMMAP showed that 22.9% of Syrian refugees, more than 140,000 individuals, have disabilities.
Persons with disabilities represent one of the most vulnerable groups of the population in Jordan, particularly those living in rural and remote areas. Disability prevalence was estimated in 2018 to be between 11 and 15% and some study found that 30% of Syrian refugees in Jordan had specific physical and intellectual needs. Furthermore, most children with disabilities (between 85% and 95%) are excluded from the general education system.
Number of HI staff members: 65
Program launch date: 2006