Date:August 23, 2012

Medical Mobile Unit (MMU)

UNHCR has been providing primary healthcare services in Ramtha and Mafraq to displaced Syrians in Jordan.  Jordan Health Aid Society (JHAS) since Dec. 2011 has provided free primary healthcare services through a mobile medical unit (MMU) to all displaced Syrians that crossed the border into Jordan on March 15, 2011 and after. The MMU was stationed at the Bashabsheh center that served displaced Syrians that crossed into Jordan illegally.  In January 2012, the MOH decided to open a clinic at the Bashabsha center, so JHAS pulled out its MMU.  The MMU then visited various homes in the region, but mostly used the Ramtha JHAS office as a station for displaced Syrians in Ramtha.  JHAS was still providing primary healthcare services free of charge for all displaced Syrians; UNHCR registered and non-UNHCR registered.  There was an MMU that served the southern regions of Jordan as well.  In January 2012, JHAS had also set up a clinic in Mafraq to serve displaced Syrians there and provided free healthcare services.  Any patients that needed secondary and tertiary healthcare services were referred to a governmental hospital based on an agreement between JHAS and MOH hospitals.  The treatment was covered by UNHCR.  Referrals over 500 JD needed UNHCR approval.   As the number of displaced Syrians increased, the MOH later announced in March that free healthcare services would be granted for Syrians that are only UNHCR registered.

JHAS still served all displaced Syrians; however, the majority was non-UNHR registered.  JHAS’s focus has shifted to referring the non-UNHCR registered displaced Syrians to governmental hospitals for secondary and tertiary healthcare services.  Also, in March, due to budget issues, UNHCR accept emergency cases and birth deliveries.  In April, an agreement was made between JHAS and King Abdullah University Hospital to refer any cases that need secondary and tertiary healthcare services.  Treatment is covered by UNHCR.  Also, in April, the Ramtha office was turned into a clinic serving the displaced Syrians in Ramtha.  The MMU that was serving in Ramtha office was now stationed in JHAS Irbid clinic several days a week.  The MMU would also serve other regions in Ramthavillages, Irbid villages, Jerash, Ajloun and Mafraq villages.

Some of displaced Syrians are stationed in South part of Jordan, mainly in karak ,Maan . Therefore, Based on UNHCR recommendation ,JHAS has designated a MMU for  providing a health services to those who are  living in remote area in south of Jordan  and have no access to public health services as free of  charge 



In May, due to the emergency and to accommodate the health needs at the sites, the JHAS north MMUs have been stationed at the sites.  One MMU north was stationed at the King Abdullah park, and the other at the stadium.  Also, the roving team has been stationed at Cyber City.  The Roving Team car has been used for patient referrals from the sites to governmental hospitals, King Abdullah hospital andDulail hospital/ JHAS hospital.


JHAS has taken a main role of the maintenance, cleaning, and supervision of the sites under supervision of UNHCR field and   program staff. As the result .JHAS’s staff members also expanded as the project expanded.  JHAS has also worked on building the capacity of its own new staff in all departments.