Refugee birth rate 4.7, Jordanians 2.6 – MOH launches family campaign

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AMMAN — A comprehensive national media campaign addressing family planning has been launched in collaboration with the Health and Family Organization. This initiative is undertaken in conjunction with the Health and Family Project, generously funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Minister of Health, Firas Al-Hawari, highlighted the escalating fertility rate among Syrian refugee women, reaching 4.7, compared to the rate of 2.6 among Jordanian women. Consequently, approximately 200,000 recorded births have occurred since the onset of the Syrian refugee crisis.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at the launch event, Hawari emphasized notable advancements in primary healthcare and maternal and child health within Jordan. He underscored the growing number of expectant mothers receiving pre-delivery healthcare services, signaling progress in maternal care, Jo24, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

The Jordanian healthcare sector faces exceptional challenges due to the influx of around 1.3 million Syrian refugees. This surge has led to an unprecedented rise in childbirths, exerting immense pressure on the MOH infrastructure, including hospitals and healthcare centers.

Comprehensive health coverage by 2030
He underlined the imperative of ongoing cooperation between the Jordanian government and donor organizations. This collaboration is pivotal to realizing the desired advancements within the health sector. Aligned with the Ministry of Health's strategic aims and vision for economic and administrative modernization, the overarching objective is to achieve comprehensive health coverage by 2030, aligning with national commitments.

The minister stressed that the national media campaign for family planning is an integral part of the MOH’s strategy to enhance women's and children's health. This encompasses multifaceted components, such as advocating for exclusive breastfeeding during the initial six months of an infant's life, providing nutritional support for infants, young children, and mothers, establishing healthcare centers tailored to women's needs, child-friendly hospitals, and extending free reproductive health and family planning services.

Further explaining, he highlighted the significance of healthy spacing between pregnancies and extending intervals. These practices not only significantly impact the well-being of newborns and mothers, but also contribute to a reduction in premature births, low birth weight, maternal and child mortality, and complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth. These positive outcomes extend to benefit families and communities as a whole.

500 healthcare centers
The Ministry of Health has successfully integrated reproductive health and family planning services into more than 500 healthcare centers. The focus has been on enhancing service quality to ensure comprehensive and exceptional care for diverse groups across the kingdom, encompassing both Jordanians and non-Jordanians.

Leslie Reed, Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Jordan, elucidated that the campaign's mission is to encourage, inspire, and empower couples to adopt healthier behaviors. By providing them with essential information, the campaign aims to equip them to make informed choices for their health and their families'.

The campaign highlights the tangible impact of embracing family planning concepts. This includes promoting healthy spacing between pregnancies to mitigate the risks associated with closely spaced childbirths, and striving for an optimal family size that ensures the well-being of mothers, fathers, and children.

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