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21 Jan 19

Jordan: Take a tour of MSF's reconstructive surgical hospital in Amman

After the Iraq War began in 2003, many people suffered life-changing injuries.

These injuries were often left untreated and worsened as a result. Victims of bomb explosions, bullet wounds, shrapnel and severe burns require very specific operations, such as orthopaedic, maxillofacial, and plastic surgery.

In 2006, MSF responded to the heavy casualties from the Iraq War by establishing a Reconstructive Surgery Programme (RSP) in Amman, Jordan, to treat war-wounded who do not have access to proper surgical care in their country. The RSP was originally set up to treat war-wounded Iraqis.

However, as violence spread across the region, with the 2008 Gaza War, and the Arab Spring in 2011, the programme began admitting patients from Syria, Libya, Yemen and the occupied Palestinian territory. The hospital provides comprehensive care, including reconstructive surgery (orthopaedic, maxillofacial, plastic and burn surgery), physiotherapy and psychosocial care, to a monthly average of 200 patients (all war or violence-related cases with severe and sometimes multiple injuries).

Since its opening, MSF has treated more than 4,500 patients and performed nearly 11,200 surgeries.

MSF in Jordan

Since 2011, civil war in neighbouring Syria has forced hundreds of thousands to flee across the border and there are now over 650,000 registered Syrian refugees living in Jordan, most of whom rely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first worked in Jordan in 2006. We currently offer reconstructive surgery to war-wounded patients from across the Middle East and healthcare to Syrian refugees and host communities.