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Syrian Refugees, And The Need for Preventative Health Care


Syrian Refugee Crisis

Direct Relief Providing Care for Syrian Refugees

Direct Relief has signed a grant agreement to support The Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) in its efforts to extend preventive health care services to Syrian refugees and vulnerable communities in Jordan.

The health profile of Syrian refugees is similar to that of Jordanians when it comes to chronic diseases, and this grant makes it possible to extend preventive services to refugees in host communities as well as vulnerable le Jordanians through the Healthy Community Clinic (HCC) program,” said Hanin Odeh, Director General of RHAS. We, at RHAS, greatly appreciate this partnership Direct Relief, which has extended support towards healthier communities in Jordan.”

The agreement includes donations of cash and medical resources from Direct Relief to support the expansion of community health clinics that serve refugees.

It is our pleasure to support RHAS and its plans to expand its important work so that Syrian refugees can benefit from preventative and primary care interventions and achieve the goal of health that all people share,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief.

The agreement helps fulfill a Commitment to Action made by RHAS at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative to scale up to 12 community health centers across Jordan. As the program expands, RHAS aims to provide comprehensive care 4,000 persons with and at high risk for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), 40 percent of whom are refugees.

The agreement signing coincided with the 2016 CGI Winter Meeting in New York, which featured RHAS’ commitment during the Plenary Session: Partnering for Global Prosperity.

The RHAS community health initiative provides interactive awareness sessions to patients, addressing priority NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer while encouraging healthy behaviors and lifestyle changes such as healthy diet plans, exercise and smoking cessation.

The HCC is a cost-effective model for patients and government, as prescribed medications and follow-up visits significantly decrease due to the adoption of healthier lifestyles,” added Odeh.

About The Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS)

The Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) is a non-profit organization, with a mission to enhance the overall wellbeing of the local community by raising health awareness and empowering Jordanians to embrace healthy lifestyles and behaviors. RHAS initiates and supports community – based health and safety interventions in partnership with public, private and civil society institutions.

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