COVID-19  Jordan Project #46548

Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees

by International Humanistic Psychology Association
Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees
Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees
Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees
Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees
Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees
Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees
Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees
Help Avoid a COVID-19 Explosion Among Refugees

Uncertainty caused by the pandemic continues to be pervasive throughout the refugee community in Jordan and the local population in general, further fueled by new waves of infection, variants of the virus, and break-through cases. As countries like Jordan that are havens for millions of those escaping war and turmoil struggle to reduce and contain the virus, drastically reduced availability of humanitarian health care services for refugees due to strict travel and contact restrictions remain a major challenge for international and domestics services providers.

As health services and services in general from international aid organizations have significantly declined or been put on hold, members of the refugee community must increasingly rely on their own abilities and resources to prevent, mitigate, and recover from COVID, even as they are burdened with the unprecedented convergence of debilitating psycho-social loss and trauma and now the deadly virus pandemic.

Until physical access is again feasible our services have converted to tele-health in continuing to provide critically needed disaster health care to the most vulnerable, and to help equip individuals, their families, and community with self-care skills as much as possible.  

The pandemic crisis is unfortunately expected to extent into the unforeseen future, and along with it the challenging obstacles to direct humanitarian aid. Overcoming the extraordinary and complicating limitations caused by the pandemic in particular requires even more time, energy, and resources on the part of our dedicated, all volunteer service team to continue our life-saving help. The logistics of establishing and maintaining live virtual stations at locations in Jordan where large numbers of refugees can have regular access to tele-health services requires skills at providing remote treatment, health care equipment and supplies, technical management and support, and funding to cover these increasing essential costs.

We are still struggling to purchase more telecommunications hardware and internet access, as well as self-monitoring health equipment and supplies entire groups of people can use, such as no-contact thermometers, oximeters, blood pressure machines, CPAP machines, masks and face shields, etc., and where possible medications to help relieve symptoms. These items are acutely needed to help surmount the severe direct accesslimitations created by the pandemic crisis and reach people in dire need.

Our committed team continues to work diligently to fill the gap in critical care and provide refugee children and their families with life-saving assistance and hope, and donation support from those who resonate with our efforts are crucial to allow us to maintain these humanitarian services.

Our appeal is for the critical financial support of those who can donate the power of their money to the direct costs of our getting these services to those who need it most, and in time.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US MEET THIS NEW CHALLENGE AND MAINTAIN OUR LIFE-SAVING ASSISTANCE:

  • Continue supporting our work with your generous contributions. Every donation amount results in our reaching more children and families to achieve more healing and recovery.
  • Share our story with family, friends, and colleagues to encourage their support by raising awareness of both the need and the concrete good being done.
  • Link our appeal site to your social media sites and ask others to do the same.
  • Learn if your employment offers matching donations for humanitarian causes to multiply our contributions.

Feel free to contact Steve Olweean or Myron Eshowsky with any questions or to share your feedback at: SOlweean@aol.com.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be showing gradual signs of improvement in some more fortunate parts of the world where vaccines and more extensive, higher quality medical services are readily available, conditions in less fortunate countries like Jordan remain precarious and uncertain as these countries continue to struggle with limited vaccines and health care accessibility and a vacillating pandemic landscape.

Within these countries the populations who have least access to vaccines, basic medical treatment, or even self-help health information on prevention and treating symptoms of the virus, continue to berefugees. Already at a lower priority for health care in general than a host country’s citizens, typically compressed into tight living quarters with many people, with many suffering from compromised health conditions, it is also a population with little or no ability to maintain physical distancing, leaving them amongst the most immediately vulnerable at-risk populations in the world for contracting, spreading, and dying from the pandemic.

Quarantine mandates, closures, and travel restrictions have shifted back and forth over time in Jordan as declines in new cases and then new outbreaks have occurred, creating significant difficulties for our dedicated volunteers. As a result, direct in-personal contact between our disaster health care service team members and those in need has necessarily been more limited during this period.

However we continue with our healing mission. Our on-going humanitarian aid programsarehistorically designed to help fill the service gap in health care in general. In the face of the current extraordinary logistical challenges imposed by the pandemic we have moved to compensate for the physical limitations to enable desperately needed health care services to still reach people and save lives. We do this through equipping refugee sites with the technology and supplies for tele-health services and basic home self-health care that make it possible for us to provide refugees with more ability to prevent and mitigate the devastating impact of the pandemic on themselves, their families, and their communities.

This requires purchasing and maintaining telecommunications hardware and internet access, as well as self-monitoring health equipment entire groups of people can use, such as no-contact thermometers, oximeters, blood pressure machines, CPAP machines, masks and face shields, etc., and where possible medications to help relieve symptoms.

Further improving and expanding on our virtual capacity also allows us to continue delivering the essential tele-training to our local service team and trainees within Jordan, who are tasked with providing the bulk of the direct contact with refugees during this period when travel to Jordan by our international clinical team is restricted. We are fortunate in that the large majority of our local team and trainees are also medical students and practitioners, and so can address the multiple health needs of refugees with both medical skills and the psychosocial skills we are training them in to build a sustainable locally-based service into the future.

Relying on virtual access through telehealth and tele-training services has been our primary vehicle for delivering assistance crucial to saving lives in addressing the spread of the pandemic within the refugee population in Jordan.

Even as we carry on with this vital humanitarian work there is still great and immediate need for adding more virtual stations at refugee sites throughout Jordan sites to help meet the growing demand, and we are continuing to seek funding required to make this possible. As we work to meet these new and continuing challenges, the financial support of our generous donors is essential to our success, and immensely appreciated by our volunteers and those who receive our life saving services.

Contributions to our humanitarian service go directly to establishing and maintaining virtual health care service stations at sites in Jordan where refugees are forced to live in concentrated conditions, providing health care supplies, and also to deliver virtual training sessions for local service providers to equipmembers of the local population with the requisite skills needed to increase and sustain these services.

HOW YOU CAN HELP MAINTAIN OUR LIFE-SAVING SERVICES:

  • Continue supporting our work with your generous contributions. Every donation amount results in our reaching more children and families to assist in preventing or recovering from COVID-19.
  • Share our story with family, friends, and colleagues to encourage their support by raising awareness of both the need and the concrete good being done.
  • Link our appeal site to your social media sites and ask others to do the same.
  • Learn if your employment offers matching donations for humanitarian causes to multiply our contributions.

Feel free to contact Steve Olweean or Myron Eshowsky with any questions or to share your feedback:  SOlweean@aol.com.

Links:  *  International Humanistic Psychology Association  https://ihpaworld.org/

More details at our NGO partner website - Common Bond Institute  https://cbiworld.org/training/

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As we are now approaching more than a year since the COVID-19 virus began spreading across the globe, the impact has been felt in all areas of the world and at all levels of society.

Even those in the most advanced societies with a high degree of resources find themselves challenged by the immediate physical threat, as well as the major mental health stress and toll on day to day life that has become more limited, isolated, and insecure. The increasing availability of vaccines now allows for light at the end of the tunnel and the expectation hopeful anticipation that this unprecedented period threat and loss will eventually be coming to an end.

At the same time, the pandemic has increasingly revealed the dire plight of those both at most risk and continually at the end of the line for adequate health care even in better times for the world. As countries focus limited resources on their own citizens as a first priority, refugees find themselves left to fend for themselves with a dangerous lack of preventative care, treatment of symptoms if they do contract the virus, or even basic public health information about the pandemic they can utilize to reduce their risk.

In addition there is little or no availability of basic preventative supplies, such as masks and sanitizer, and as they are forced to congregate in large numbers in close quarters with no ability to practice the safety of physical distancing.

To address this need the efforts of our team of medical and mental health professionals and our large number of medical student trainees in Jordan have focused on providing telehealth services to these settings until it is feasible to again provide services in person.

Enabled by vitally needed donated funds, we are providing these sites with telecommunications technology required to make telehealth services possible, with medical self-monitoring and treatment equipment such as oximeters, no-contact thermometers, and blood pressure machines, as well as personal protection supplies.

These provisions allow our health care providers to guide high-risk refugees in practicing preventative measures and resilience building, regularly monitoring their health status, and self-care treatment to help mitigate symptoms if the virus is contracted. This humanitarian assistance program also allows us to provide vital expert health care information about the virus and health risks in general to help these refugees stay informed to keep themselves, their families, and communities safer.

All of our team members volunteer their time, energy, and expertise to this critical cause. Throughout this time of great peril and insecurity for the most vulnerable, and particularly children, generous donations make it possible for these essential medical and psychosocial services to provide hope and aid to those in dire and immediate need.

Our commitment is to continuing and expanding on this assistance. Your life-changing contributions make this possible.

HOW YOU CAN HELP MAINTAIN OUR LIFE-SAVING SERVICES:

• Continue supporting our work with your generous contributions. Every donation amount results in our reaching more children and families to assist in preventing or recovering from COVID-19.
• Share our story with family, friends, and colleagues to encourage their support by raising awareness of both the need and the concrete good being done.
• Link our appeal site to your social media sites and ask others to do the same.
• Learn if your employment offers matching donations for humanitarian causes to multiply our contributions.

Feel free to contact Steve Olweean or Myron Eshowsky with any questions or to share your feedback: SOlweean@aol.com 
Links: * International Humanistic Psychology Association
          * More details at our NGO partner website - Common Bond Institute

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As the continuing global pandemic impacts all throughout the world at all levels of society, the greatest impact by far remains for those who are most deprived of essential day to day living resources, such as medical care, housing, adequate food, and the ability to follow even the most basic personal protective measures like physical distancing, wearing masks, having access to sanitary conditions, In addition a large portion of refugees, the majority of who are children and women, suffer from poor over all health and serious preexisting medical conditions that lower their immune system and ability to recover from COVID-19 when it is contracted.

This latest health crisis has only added to the burden of a community already devastated by trauma and loss due to war and violence, and is further compounded by the isolation created by severe restrictions on physical contact and travel.

Over the last months we have used the limited amount of funds that have been generously contributed to this humanitarian cause so far to purchase the required computer equipment and internet service that allow us to virtually reach into these settings where large numbers of refugees in Jordan are already forced to live in dense quarters.

An example is an apartment building in Amman housing 40 families of Syrian refugee widows and their children that we have been providing psychosocial services to for several years. With the advent of COVID-19 we have moved to increase medical care services focused on the pandemic threat, and through the availability of this technology are able to provide these services virtually to overcome the cautions and restrictions on physical travel and contact that prevent other on-site health care services from being available.

Our hope is to gain the technical capacity to set up more virtual stations at additional sites in Jordan and in this way continue and expand our life-saving tele-health services to vulnerable refugees who are at highest risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19, and spreading it to others in the refugee and general population. This is accomplished through specialized health screening and assessment, treatment instruction, monitoring, health education, self help skills training, and guidance by medical and mental health professionals. We are identifying adults at this site who can also take on leadership roles in assisting and coordinating with our team to further support empowering refugees with self help skills they can use with themselves and others in their living space.

Services like ours are often the only health care and support refugees receive, and as such are vital to maintain to help prevent further spread and death due to the pandemic. Our team members and trainees, made up of international and local medical and mental health professionals, are devoted volunteers who contribute their time, energy, and skills, often at their own expense, to ensure these critical needs are met. The beneficial impact of these healing services is clear in the lives of these victims of war and violence, and now their added high risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19.

What makes it possible for us to keep providing these life-saving services to so many of the most vulnerable is your continued financial support. As we continue our efforts to generate the necessary funds for securing the concrete tools required for this humanitarian aid program to be successful, your greatly appreciated donations are an essential part of the entire effort to accomplish the task of making healing, recovery, and safety possible for many.

HOW YOU CAN HELP MAINTAIN OUR LIFE-SAVING ASSISTANCE:

Continue supporting our work with your generous contributions. Every donation amount results in our reaching more children and families to assist in preventing or recovering from COVID-19.

Share our story with family, friends, and colleagues to encourage their support by raising awareness of both the need and the concrete good being done.

Link our appeal site to your social media sites and ask others to do the same.

Learn if your employment offers matching donations for humanitarian causes to multiply our contributions.

Feel free to contact Steve Olweean or Myron Eshowsky with any questions or to share your feedback: SOlweean@aol.com.
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