Ministry of Health launches National Rehab Strategic Plan

The MoH launches on Tuesday Jordan’s rehabilitation strategy under the patronage of HRH Prince Mired bin Raad. (Photo: Raghad Zayed/Jordan News)
The MoH launches on Tuesday Jordan’s rehabilitation strategy under the patronage of HRH Prince Mired bin Raad. (Photo: Raghad Zayed/Jordan News)
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health launched the National Rehabilitation Strategic Plan (2020-2024) under the patronage of HRH Prince Mired bin Raad, president of the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Human and Inclusion (HI).اضافة اعلان

During an event marking the launch, Prince Mired highlighted that the rehabilitation strategy comes in response to law provisions and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“This strategy represents an important and necessary step towards framing ... of rehabilitation services as well as subjecting them to quality standards ... This will contribute to the sustainability, continuous development, and upgrade of services to keep pace with the actual needs of beneficiaries who should be partners in the process of evaluating and improving these services,” the prince said.

The prince stressed the need to provide accessible rehabilitation services that meet people’s requirements, given the “great importance” of rehabilitation as a means of integrating persons with disabilities into society and enabling them to exercise their rights, freedoms, and daily life activities independently and privately.

“What we need today, through this strategy, is to provide access to an integrated system of services that includes early detection and intervention programs and clear effective referral mechanisms that help prevent aggravation and, perhaps, its multiplicity of disabilities,” said Prince Mired.

Addressing the audience, the minister of health, Feras Al-Hawari, said that despite the “difficult, exceptional” circumstances proliferated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MoH was able to maintain the continuity and quality of the health services provided to residents of the Kingdom.

“We look forward to the real operationalization of this strategy in light of our quest to achieve the royal visions on health, especially universal health coverage, of which rehabilitation constitutes a fundamental pillar,” said Hawari.

The minister told Jordan News that the MoH serves as an umbrella for such strategies.

“This is an action-oriented strategy, not just mere ink on paper. Hence, the ministry will support it and establish the necessary steps to proceed with and operationalize (it) at health centers and the zones where it is needed,” he explained.

Hala Sakr, regional advisor on violence, injuries, and disabilities at WHO, commended Jordan for being one of the first countries in the Middle East to develop a practical strategic plan to enhance rehabilitation programs and services using relevant WHO tools.
“WHO has been a key supporter (of) the national efforts of (the) MoH and its partners to assess the existing situation on which the strategy was based,” Sakr told Jordan News.

“The strategy is a very important step, but it is the first step on a longer road,” added the advisor. “The important thing is to implement the interventions proposed by the strategy to improve rehabilitation services and programs in Jordan.”

For his part, Federico Dessi, regional manager of Human and Inclusion’s Jordan mission, called on international donors and actors involved in rehabilitation activities in the Kingdom to assist both Jordanians and refugees with disabilities in Jordan, and to provide financial and technical assistance to the health ministry and the concerned authorities to implement this strategy.

“We at HI are ready to support (the) MoH and all other parties in carrying out this strategy over the coming years, within the limits of our financial and human resources,” Dessi said.

During the ceremony, Ali Al-Rjoub, liaison officer for the strategy and head of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at Al-Bashir Hospital, reviewed the stages of the strategy, starting with the development of a rehabilitation platform that follows “clear objectives and measurable and controllable standards.”

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