Johanniter International Assistance is starting a new multi-sector project in southern Syria, including health, nutrition and protection aspects. The project titled “Scaling up the access of the primary health care services integrated with Nutrition, GBV (Gender Based Violence), and mine risk education in southern Syria for IDPs (Internally Displaced Person) and Vulnerable Populations“ is funded by the Office of the United Nations for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs UNOCHA. Previously, a dialysis project in the same area of Syria had also been implemented with UNOCHA funds.
During the next six months, the new project will be carried out by the local Syrian organisation Syrian American Society SAMS and will aim to fill the gaps in the primary health care services, nutrition, and GBV protection and mine risk education in the communities of Dar’a governorate.
The changing security dynamics inside Syria and the access to the area from Jordan remain the main challenge. The mobile units and medical staff will be composed of doctors, nurses, caseworkers and community health workers. An additional component of this project is to maintain a buffer stock of medication & supplies for primary health care due to expected violence and attacks in the area by the ongoing conflict. The estimated direct and indirect beneficiaries will be up to 60,000 persons.