IOM team carries out a TB awareness session at a family shelter in Zaatari camp. Photo: Rosie Thompson
Health Assessment and Travel Health Assistance
IOM MHD assists refugee resettlement from Jordan through the provision of quality assured migration health assessments (HA) and travel health assistance. Migrants benefit from IOM’s standards of counseling, diagnostics, care and treatment. A regional hub for HA’s coordination for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is presently established in Amman, Jordan; it will strive to provide quality assurance and quality control to all HA activities in MENA in 2016 and beyond. This includes radiology and laboratory quality control/assurance, centralized data collection, files transmission, targeted reporting, and facilitates continuum of care in the new countries of asylum by sharing medical data. Travel health assistance is extended by IOM Jordan to the whole region too; land or air movements in the region are assisted with skilled medical escorts who are able to communicate in the language of the area and are knowledgeable about the local culture, as well as trained with technical guidance. IOM runs a clinic in Amman, Jordan, that is capable of processing some 25,000 migration health assessments per year. Migration Health Assessments are among the most well-established migration management services offered by IOM. Health assessments provide the opportunity to promote the health of migrants through the initiation of preventative and curative interventions for conditions that, if left untreated, could have a negative impact on the migrant's health and/or on the public health of the host communities.
Tuberculosis Prevention, Awareness, Screening, Detection and Treatment
In close coordination with the National Tuberculosis (TB) Program of the Jordanian Ministry of Health (MOH), UNHCR and WHO, IOM implements a TB program in Jordan aiming to reduce tuberculosis transmission, morbidity and mortality among Syrian refugees, migrants and host communities. By the means of IOM mobile medical teams, community health workers, primary health care facilities and local NGOs, IOM raises awareness on TB, carries out screening and detection activities of suspected TB cases and ensures the Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for TB patients. As of 15 September 2016, IOM has confirmed TB diagnoses in 254 Syrian refugees and 31 migrants, and is currently following up on the treatment of 56 patients.
Refugees and migrants can use IOM’s clinic to obtain a travel health assessment
Photo: Rosie Thompson