IOM holds workshop on the guidelines for COVID-19 response and other communicable diseases at the Points of Entry (POE)

IOM holds workshop on guidelines of COVID-19 responses at Points of Entry 

Deadsea, December 8 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Jordan organized a workshop to review and discuss the draft guidelines on the COVID-19 response and other communicable diseases at the Points of Entry (POE) in Jordan.

This workshop was organized as a part of the Japan-funded project “Enhancing the Capacity of Jordan’s Border Authorities to Respond to COVID-19 and Mitigate Its Socioeconomic impact” implemented by IOM, which aims to enhance the capacity of Jordan’s border authorities and the Ministry of Health (MOH) to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the scope of the public health crisis, while also preventing the interruption of supply chains that border closures would cause, thereby mitigating the pandemic’s socioeconomic impact on Jordan. 

Within this project, IOM in coordination with MOH is developing one general Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) document to properly manage the cases of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases at the POE of Jordan as well as the corresponding guidelines addressing the needs and context of each targeted four POE; Al-Karamah, Jaber, Wadi Araba, and Al-Durra, in accordance with the International Health Regulations (IHR).

Between September and November 2022, several workshops were organized with the participation of government representatives to collect necessary data for the development of the SOP and guidelines. Based on these consultations, guidelines for each POE have been drafted.

Today's workshop started with introducing the findings and results of data collection to the participants from all the relevant parties involved in the response to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases at the targeted four POE. The workshop also presented the draft guidelines and facilitated discussion and external review of the guidelines by all the parties. The feedback provided at the workshops will be incorporated to revise the draft guidelines before finalizing them.

IOM globally plays an important role in supporting governments and communities to build health systems that are responsive to the needs of migrants and mobile populations and equipped to address public health concerns along the mobility continuum. In particular, IOM facilitates targeted and evidence-informed approaches to communicable disease preparedness, response and recovery, within and across borders, in line with the IHR and, more broadly, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To know more about IOM’s Health, Border and Mobility Management (HBMM) framework, you can access more information from here. 

For further information, please contact:

Saba Makkawi, Head of Migration and Management Unit,

Fedza Lukovac, Media and Communications Officer,

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