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/