The challenges of controlling diabetes as a refugee

Hammad and Sham. Photo credit: WHO/J SwanHammad and Sham. Photo credit: WHO/J Swan22 November 2015, Amman | Jordan — Hammad Faleh, 32, is a refugee from Dara’a, Syria. At Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS) Al Madineh clinic in downtown Amman, he patiently waits with his 5-year-old daughter Sham (meaning ‘Damascus’), to receive insulin for his diabetes. Hammad has been a type-1 diabetic for over 14 years.

“It’s [diabetes] been something I’ve managed for almost half my life,” the former English teacher says, taking a seat in the waiting room and instructing Sham to draw while he speaks with us. “But since the war [in Syria] began, my condition has been difficult to control and this has made things very hard for me and my family,” he says.

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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) in Jordan

10 September 2015 | Amman, Jordan – 11 cases of laboratory confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) have been reported in Jordan between 26 August and 9 September 2015. 5 of the 11 patients have died. 

MERS is a viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The virus does not seem to pass easily from person to person unless there is close contact, such as occurs when providing unprotected care to a patient.

Based on the current situation and available information, the Ministry of Health are actively investigating possible epidemiological links between cases, as well as among household contacts and health care workers. WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health in training for infection prevention and control, risk communication, surveillance and epidemiological investigation of cases.

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  • The challenges of controlling diabetes as a refugee
    The challenges of controlling diabetes as a refugee
  • Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) in Jordan


Health partner Caritas provides psychosocial support for Syrian refugees living in Jordan

15 October 2015 -- In a room in downtown Amman a group of Syrian refugee women congregate to take part in a mutual support groups discussion led by WHO health...

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In focus

The WHO country office in Jordan is announcing the following positions for Special Services Agreement contracts: Laboratory Assistant Surveillance Officer  Surveillance Officer Interested candidates are kindly requested to fill in the personal history form...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population in thousands 6530
Total expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 17.8
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 50
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 2.3
Life expectancy 74.0

Source: Country statistical profiles (2014)

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