UNHCR Jordan, Hospital Bambino Gesu’ of the Holy See sign MoU

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UNHCR Jordan, Hospital Bambino Gesu’ of the Holy See sign MoU

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The representation of UNHCR in Jordan signed on Tuesday, August 8, a memorandum of understanding with the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu’ of the Holy See, supported by the Apostolic Nunciature to Jordan, to conduct medical interventions to Jordanian and vulnerable refugee children with serious illnesses. The signing ceremony marks the start of a partnership that will ensure over 300 children receive life-saving surgery in 2017. The collaboration will also allow an exchange of professional expertise and a mutual learning opportunity for healthcare professionals joining the initiative.

The Bambino Gesù Hospital has now become a reference center for the health of children and adolescents from Italy and abroad and is today the largest sub-specialty children’s hospital and research center in Europe. It covers all pediatric sub-specialties. Transplantation, genetic and metabolic diseases, cardiology and cardiac surgery, neuroscience and rehabilitation are among its fields of excellence in research and care.

The hospital carries out its healthcare activity in four premises. It has 607 beds on a total area of 500,000 square meters. Every year, the hospital counts 27,000 inpatient admissions, 27,000 surgical and interventional procedures, 44,000 Day Hospital days, 80,000 emergency admissions, and over 1,700,000 outpatient services which is one of the most significant number of pediatric cases in Europe.

UNHCR Jordan supports primary and secondary health care assistance to refugees in the country, with key gaps however remaining in assisting costly tertiary interventions. Due to the high costs of treatment, many children with severe issues cannot receive the needed.

UNHCR has registered at least 1,500 children who are in need of tertiary medical treatment for severe health issues such as cancer, heart failure and neurological problems. Thanks to this medical missions that will take place between now and the end of the year, already identified cases pending cardiovascular, ophthalmic, orthopedic and neurological surgeries amongst others will be intervened.

Mariella Enoc, president of Hospital Bambino Gesu’ of the Holy See, said of the initiative: “When there is genuine care and common interests only to help those in need, a response can be immediate. Our hospital is pleased of the cooperation with UNHCR, I was here in Jordan last week only, in a few days we deployed a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon to work closely with the team of the Jordan University Hospital and over 30 children with severe heart malformations received consultation and were selected for future surgeries.”

Daniela Cicchella, UNHCR Assistant Representative for Protection, said of the collaboration: “Additional health support that benefits refugees and Jordanians alike is warmly welcomed, especially at a time of reduced opportunities for resettlement based on medical grounds. This contribution provides a vital service and an opportunity to exchange expertise in pediatric surgery”.

There are around 700,000 refugees registered in UNHCR Jordan of over 40 different nationalities, with the majority living in urban areas. UNHCR provides ongoing protection and assistance to refugees across a range of services, including cash assistance for essential health services, and support with access to healthcare.

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 17:48
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