Jordan | WHO presence in Jordan

WHO presence in Jordan

Two young Jordanian boys smiling at the camera

The WHO Representative’s Office in Jordan supports the Government and health authorities at central and local level in strengthening health services, addressing public health issues and supporting and promoting research for health.  
Physicians, public health specialists, scientists, social scientists and epidemiologists provide appropriate technical support and collaboration upon the request or acceptance of national authorities. 
As the lead health agency, WHO works with many partners to support countries in reaching their national health development goals and to ensure that its efforts are coordinated. Across the Region, these include United Nations agencies, humanitarian and development partners, donors, nongovernmental organizations, WHO collaborating centres and the private sector.

Since 1985 WHO Jordan has been at the forefront of a number of different health initiatives and projects. For 27 years it has garnered scientific evidence, promoted global strategies for eradication, elimination or prevention, and identified potential outbreaks.

WHO provides technical support to the Ministry of Health in Jordan to:

  • support appropriate evidence-based national health policies, strategies and plans
  • strengthen national human resources development, planning, production and utilization
  • enhance knowledge transfer and management, institutionalization of mortality and morbidity systems
  • develop a fair sustainable health financing system covering all of the population
  • support health promotion, disease prevention activities
  • strengthen national emergency-preparedness plans and strategies.

Though challenges still remain, WHO has become a well-established and successful health entity, striving to improve governmental health policy and promoting universal health care in Jordan.

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

Comprehensive assessment of Jordan’s health information system 2016

See Jordan country profile

Regional Health Observatory

Contact us

WHO Representative
PO Box 811547

Jordan WHO headquarters page