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How the ICRC helped Syrian refugees in Jordan during 2013

12-03-2014 Facts and Figures

In 2013, the ICRC:


  • provided more than 78,000 Syrian refugees crossing the border into eastern Jordan with blankets, mattresses, pillows, children’s clothing, emergency biscuits and hygiene items;provided almost 68,000 cooked meals or Syrian refugees crossing the border into eastern Jordan, in partnership with a local charity association;


  • supplied around 100,000 Syrian refugees living in local communities in northern Jordan with rice, bulghur, white beans, lentils, cooking oil, canned tuna, tea and other food items, as well as hygiene items such as soap, shampoo and washing powder, in cooperation with the Jordan Red Crescent Society;


  • provided 1,000 Syrian refugees living in local communities in the northern governorate of Mafraq with cash assistance as part of a programme implemented with the Jordan Red Crescent SocietyV


  •  provided six sites in the eastern and central border areas with 35 shelter caravans, two 45-square-metre dispensary tents, 12 sanitary facilities equipped with toilets and in some cases showers, 13 drinking water dispensers, 12 wash basins, 35 water tanks, six septic tanks, six diesel generators, five solar water heaters and 20 solid-waste containers;


  • set up prefabricated health clinics at Bustana collection point and Rukban interception point along Jordan’s eastern border. Each of the clinics was fully equipped with basic medical instruments, two examination beds, and solar-powered refrigeration and air conditioning;


  • supplied 22 wound-dressing sets, each containing enough materials to treat up to 50 wounded patients. Two of the sets went to health clinics in Bustana and Rukban, and the other 20 to the border guard forces;


  • provided First Aid supplies for the border guard forces;


  • provided Rwayshid Government Hospital in eastern Jordan with basic medical supplies to help it meet the increasing primary health needs of Syrian refugees entering the country;


  • helped around 34,000 Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq governorate maintain contact with other family members inside Syria and elsewhere by making international telephone calls available free of charge;


  • issued more than 200 travel documents to refugees granted resettlement in third countries;


  • funded the training of some 70 needy Syrian women in hairdressing, computer skills and sewing at the Jordan Red Crescent Society’s vocational training centre;


  • exchanged around 600 Red Cross messages containing family news, and 70 oral greetings (salamat), between detainees and their relatives in Jordan and neighbouring countries;