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WHO/Jordan meets with delegation from Germany and students from US university

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Dr Akram Eltom meets with Parliamentary State Secretary for Health Ms Ulrike FlachThe German delegation was in Jordan to discuss mental health issues.

WHO/Jordan was pleased to host a German delegation at its headquarters in Amman. Headed by Parliamentary State Secretary for Health Mrs Ulrike Flach, the delegation was in Amman to attend the mental health in the Middle East symposium called “Bridging the gap”. Together, WHO and Ms Flach discussed the current health situation in Jordan and the role of WHO, with a specific focus on mental health issues. WHO Representative for Jordan Dr Akram Eltom stated that while Jordan led the way in health care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, mental health was still an undervalued subject.

Dr Akram asserted that there is still a long way to go to have comprehensive mental health services, and believed that through partnerships with international health sectors such as the German Ministry of Health, Jordan can gain valuable expertise in both mental health and other health sectors.

University of California students meet with WHO/Jordan team.University of California students meet with WHO/Jordan team.

WHO/Jordan recently hosted a group of public health students from the University of California, USA. Held annually, this visit allows the students to understand the key issues and tasks currently facing WHO in Jordan. The students received presentations on WHO/Jordan’s overall work in the country from Dr Sana Naffa, and mental health by Ms Zein Ayoub. Mr Liam Robertson also briefed them on the current Syrian refugee situation in Jordan, with a specific regard to the burden on the health sector.

After the presentation, the students were shown around WHO/Jordan’s new environmentally friendly building, and meeting with relevant staff members. WHO/Jordan was pleased to meet with young public health students and hopes that the annual visits from students of the University of California continues.



Key health-related statistics

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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