With few opportunities to earn money, refugees living in Jordan are often unable to buy fresh and healthy food for their families. Without healthy food options, the risk of developing health issues increases. Recently, subsidies for health services granted to Syrian refugees ended, leaving Syrian refugees to make tough decisions about where their finances can stretch to. Often, because of the generally high prices of healthcare and services, health is deprioritized in refugee families.
Majeda and her sons have had health issues related to their hearing since leaving Syria, but without health insurance, were unable to afford the medication. In addition to this condition, Majeda’s children suffered from nutritional deficiencies due to the poor quality food available at low cost. “I couldn’t buy medicine because we couldn’t afford it without insurance,” Majeda explains. “I worried about how my kids would grow up.”
When Majeda heard about CRP from her neighbors, she didn’t know they offered medical assistance, her wish was to find a place for her kids to play and feel normal again. Soon, she was able to collect monthly nutritional supplements for her children and medicine for their ears.
Vitamins may seem like a small part of life, but for kids growing up faster than a family’s budget, supplements are necessary to grow and sustain a healthy lifestyle. By providing Majeda and her family with nutritional supplements, CRP aimed to take away the immediate stress of her family’s health. Majeda says, “This assistance has helped us immensely. I don’t wake up fearful for my children, and I know they can live healthy lives.”
Due to lack of funds, CRP is unable to support refugees’ health needs, even in the case of critical nutritional needs which can be resolved easily by accessing supplements.
This Spring campaign, we need donors to help us replenish our medical assistance funds. When people have peace of mind about their immediate health needs, they are better able to focus on healing their longer-term traumas, which need time and care.