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Milestone initiative to improve inclusion and rights for Jordanians with disability

February 17 2022

In a first for Jordan and the region, a new identification card is being rolled out by the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with the Institute for Family Health. This card will provide an accurate diagnosis of disabilities to improve access to and use of health services and other benefits.

This initiative aims at standardizing the national diagnosis system, and gradually replace the medical reports necessary to access services. Data collected is also intended to feed into a national database and registry to improve decision-making, planning and services across the country.

The Institute for Family Health will oversee the evaluation and diagnosis of applicants who wish to obtain said identification. Applicants will be evaluated and diagnosed by specialist committees composed of medical professionals from the Ministry of Health, Institute for Family Health and private sector with supervision from the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“The Institute for Family Health possesses significant expertise in developing and ensuring accessibility and inclusivity for its beneficiaries and recognizing their human rights,” said IFH Director Ibrahim Aqel after the signing. “The IFH will support the Higher Council in carrying out this nationwide initiative.”

The pilot project will be carried at locations in Amman, Irbid and Karak starting in May 2022, and will also cover government shelters in Karak, Tafileh, Rusafia, Ad-Dulayl and Jerash.