With over 80% of Syrian refugees in Jordan living in host communities and over 545,000 urban Jordanians living below the poverty line, the need for access to affordable and quality healthcare is more critical than ever before. The low-income neighborhood of Qweismeh in East Amman was selected as the site of the Institute for Family Health's (IFH) new clinic, which will provide family health services such as reproductive health, family planning, and psychosocial services to this community in need.
The Qweismeh clinic is made possible by a two-year project that is funded by the European Union (EU) with technical assistance provided by the Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS), while clinic’s location was donated by the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM). This collaboration represents a model for future projects, combining the network, resources, and expertise of several passionate stakeholders, united together to care for Jordan's most vulnerable residents, including Syrians, Iraqis, Jordanians, and other nationalities in need. The clinic kicked off on June 18th with an introductory ceremony with insights from the Head of Delegation of the EU to Jordan H.E. Joanna Wronecka, GAM's Deputy H.E. Yousef Al Shawarbeh, and AIDOS President Daniela Colombo, and was also attended by Italian Ambassador to Jordan H.E. Patrizio Fondi.
Located in the Queen Rania Gardens, the clinic is conveniently situated in a park frequented by families, and similarly offers a wide range of family services for men, women, and children. Counseling and information about pre- and post-natal health, gender-based violence awareness programs, and psychosocial support for traumatized individuals are just a few of the many services that will improve the quality of life for Qweismeh residents and the surrounding community.