Since 29 July 2012, as part of the United Nations Humanitarian Country Team response to the Syrian crisis, IOM in Jordan has been providing the following assistance: emergency evacuation assistance to Syrian refugees from borders to the camps; vaccinations and fit-to-travel assessments for refugees; and voluntary repatriation assistance to Third Country Nationals. In addition, IOM carries out tuberculosis screening and awareness sessions for Syrians and host communities inside and outside the camps. IOM Jordan supports the Jordanian Border Guards with logistics in provision of humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees and further builds the capacity of the Border Guards in Humanitarian Border Management.

Emergency Evacuation Assistance to Syrians

In coordination with UNHCR and the Jordanian Armed Forces/Border Guards, IOM is leading the emergency transportation of Syrian refugees from the borders to Azraq, Za’atari and the Emirates-Jordan camps. Since July 2012, IOM has transported more than 501,000 Syrian refugees from border areas to the camps, 26,833 so far in 2016. In addition, IOM provides transportation from camp to camp for refugees that request to be included in the family reunification programme, and supports health campaigns in hard-to-reach areas all over Jordan.

For these purposes, IOM operates a fleet of 60 vehicles purchased with the funds of the European Union. Other vehicles have been received as in-kind donations from the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Cyprus. The generous funds of the Government of Kuwait and the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration have contributed to the implementation of these activities. 

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Vaccinations for Refugees and Vulnerable Children in Host Communities

In partnership with the Ministry of Health of Jordan, and other agencies, IOM carries out life-saving immunization activities. Since April 2013, IOM has been providing Emergency Vaccination services against measles and polio along with a supplement of vitamin A for all newly arrived Syrian refugee children under the age of 15. Additionally, IOM staff provides awareness raising to the new arrivals about the importance of immunizations, debriefing the refugees on which vaccines they will receive in the transit center and encouraging them to continue the routine immunization inside the camps.

Currently, IOM is supporting the strengthening of routine immunization of children and women in Child-Bearing Age inside Za’atari camp with human resources at three sites dedicated to the Expanded Program of Immunization inside the Qatari, Saudi and Syrian clinics.

In addition, IOM has been a partner in the RI-REC project (Routine Immunization to Reach Every Child), providing logistic support to the MoH mobile teams in the High Risk Areas (HRAs) and implementing an awareness campaign for the Syrian refugees and other nationalities, including the local population from the host communities.

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