In Jordan, HI provides rehabilitation services to people with disabilities or injured during the Syrian conflict who have fled to Jordan, including particularly vulnerable people. The organization also promote the economic inclusion of people with disabilities in Jordan.
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Since the summer of 2012, HI has been working alongside Syrian refugees and vulnerable people in Jordan, including people with disabilities. Through partners, the organization provides rehabilitation services: physiotherapy and orthopaedic equipment services to people with disabilities or injuries in the centre set up in refugees’ camps and in hospitals and clinics. The association also provides training to the local staff.
In addition, HI has set up several permanent and mobile "disability and vulnerability" centres to ensure that the most vulnerable people receive the help they need: rehabilitation care, prostheses, mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs, etc.), psychosocial support and assistance in accessing other forms of humanitarian aid.
To date, in Jordan, approximately 180,000 Syrian refugees have benefited from these initiatives.
Finally, HI works with organisations of people with disabilities, helping them to obtain greater recognition of their rights, and particularly for a better economic inclusion.
Although Jordan has an average human development index, there are still significant inequalities among the population. Jordan is considered one of the most stable countries in the region. More than 650,000 Syrian refugees are currently living there. In April 2014, a survey conducted in Lebanon and Jordan by HI and HelpAge International showed that 5.7% of refugees, more than 90,000 individuals, had serious injuries. In addition, in three out of four cases, the injuries will result in permanent disability due to their severity and lack of medical care.
Situation of persons with disabilities
Persons with disabilities represent one of the most vulnerable groups of the population in Jordan, particularly if they live in rural and remote areas. A major step forward in protecting their rights was taken when Jordan ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008. However, people with disabilities are very little involved in the development of public policy.