KHF Outreach
Queen Noor Presented with Humanitarian Award
22nd March 2009

Washington DC, 18 March 2009 – As part of their 10th year anniversary celebrations, International Relief and Development (IRD) have presented Queen Noor with a Humanitarian award in recognition for Noor Al Hussein Foundation's work with victims of conflict, including refugees and internally displaced peoples.

In accepting the award, Queen Noor outlined the work of the Institute for Family Health (IFH) of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation which, in partnership with IRD, UNHCR and other international NGOs, has provided healthcare services and psychosocial support services to thousands of Iraqi refugees in Jordan since 2006.

'We have to ensure that future generations are not being raised in trying circumstances. We have seen too often in our region that those who suffer, feel disrespected and humiliated inevitably become part of a vicious cycle of violence and intolerance,' Queen Noor said.

The IFH has trained over 200 Iraqi volunteers to work door-to-door to provide basic health education, screening, and referral outreach to health clinics. As a result, since 2007 more than 5,000 individuals have visited Institute for Family Health clinics where they received over 30,000 separate services -- including medical, social and psychosocial services, and rehabilitation services for disabled children.

The IFH also partnered with the King Hussein Foundation's National Music Conservatory and the Performing Arts Center to provide advanced therapy for traumatized children and parents through music and interactive theater. They are also currently constructing and training staff for the region’s first trauma treatment center for severely traumatized individuals and families, with support from the Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture, funded by the Danish government.

NHF services have extended beyond healthcare to address the severe poverty affecting so many displaced Iraqis. This includes the provision of training to Iraqi youth in home business management and livelihood skills to encourage entrepreneurship and strengthen their potential for income generation.

IRD Humanitarian Awards were also presented to Senator Christopher Dodd, US Representative Kay Granger, and the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict for their work on behalf of victims of conflict.

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