Al-Zarqa is home to a very dynamic and diverse population set composed of native Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, Yemenis, and Iraqis. Given the historical and economic differences among Jordanian citizens and resettled refugees, these tensions are at risk of exacerbating community tensions and barring access to healthcare. A multifactorial study carried out by REACH Initiative found that 66% of Syrians vs. 57% of low-income Jordanians reported access to health services in their community and both populations reported uneven access to healthcare as a reason for communal tensions.
By offering treatment to patients regardless of nationality and instead based on location (it is anticipated that patients will be residents of Zarqa), the UMR Zarqa Clinic is in a position to help mitigate communal tensions while increasing access to universal healthcare.
The Clinic’s location was chosen specifically for its reachability. Located on the near the main street of New Az-Zarqa area, ease of access lowers patient transit costs and raises the visibility of services.
In Jordan alone in 2018, UMR served 6300 patients from low-income backgrounds, including refugee populations. This was accomplished through medical missions that included simple surgeries (such as cataract removal), and free primary care provided through volunteer physicians. UMR is in a unique position with its ability to leverage in-kind donations. UMR has partnerships with medical equipment and pharmaceutical providers who will be utilized to stock the Clinic with supplies that meet the needs of Al-Zarqa residents.