Give Syrian Refugees Access to Affordable Health Care

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Target: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

Goal: Demand Syrian refugees in Jordan be given access to camps and affordable health care.

According to a recent report by the UN Refugee Agency, Syrian refugees in Jordan are not able to access medical care. These refugees have seen the horrors of war firsthand, and often arrive in new countries with injuries sustained in Syria or on the treacherous journey to relative safety. Even if refugees arrive in Jordan, there is no guarantee they will be allowed entry. People who need emergency medical care are being left to die at Jordan’s border.

Jordan offers basic medical care, but it is only offered within designated refugee camps. The camps are overcrowded and most refugees are turned away because they don’t have the proper documentation. Nearly 82 percent of refugees live outside of refugee camps. Even if refugees can access health care within camps, it’s often expensive, leaving people with chronic conditions going without medical attention in order to feed their families or provide other basic supplies.

The UN Refugee Agency will soon meet with states to discuss better options to provide Syrian refugees safety and basic necessities like food, water, shelter and clothing. Please ask the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, to address the conditions Syrian refugees are experiencing in Jordan and find an acceptable solution for affordable health care.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear High Commissioner Grandi,

The global refugee crisis is a precarious one. More than 4.6 million Syrians have fled their country and are seeking safety wherever they can find it.

Refugees often arrive from Syria injured, either from the conflict or as the result of their trek, and in need of emergency medical care. Many refugees are turned away at the border and die without admission or treatment. Even if they are admitted into Jordan, they aren’t guaranteed entrance into one of the three established refugee camps. Jordan currently holds more than 630,000 refugees, but only 18 percent of them live within a camp — the only place they have access to essential necessities like food, water, shelter and health care.

According to the Jordan Response Plan for the Syria Crisis, Jordan’s health care funding requirements have not been met. The health care system in Jordan is weak and cannot accommodate the sheer number of refugees who need treatment. Of the 18 percent of refugees who live in a camp and can access medical services, most cannot afford the high costs and instead go without it to pay for other items their families need urgently.

This cannot continue. During the UN Refugee Agency’s upcoming meeting with the international community, please demand a better solution for Syrian refugees in Jordan and help them access affordable medical care.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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