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WHO Jordan celebrates International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. To mark the Day, WHO Jordan held a meeting to discuss and promote gender equality, women's rights and female empowerment. The meeting was headed by H.E. Dr Falak al Jamanee, Head of the Parliamentary Health and Environment Committee, Dr Akram Eltom, WHO Representative for Jordan and Ms Miranda Shami, WHO Jordan National Professional Officer. 

Dr Eltom said that, “Our efforts here are to empower women and to enforce gender equality, not just on 8 March, but each and every day.” Dr Falak was presented with an honorary certificate of appreciation from WHO Jordan for her efforts to promote women’s issues in the country. 

Dr Eltom concluded the day by announcing that WHO Jordan would like to maintain a strong and supportive relationship with the Parliamentary Health and Environment Committee. 

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Total population in thousands 10 053
Total expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 13.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 58
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 6.9
Life expectancy 74.3

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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