Press release: Jordanian authorities receive four ambulances in support of Syrian refugee crisis

AMMAN, 29 September 2014 – The handover ceremony of four new fully-equipped paramedic ambulances, as a part of the larger project, “Improving Emergency Response Services for Syrian Refugees and Affected Jordanian Communities”, took place on Monday.

The project, implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), on behalf of the Government of Japan, and in partnership with the Civil Defense Directorate and the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, seeks to assist the Government of Jordan in managing the influx of Syrian refugees. Under the project, the Government of Japan has donated four new fully equipped paramedic ambulances, as well as advanced paramedic and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to 20 Civil Defense paramedic staff.

"Providing additional paramedic ambulances will strengthen the capacity of the Government and the Civil Defense to provide Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugees with essential emergency services," says Ms. Bana Kaloti, Director and Representative, UNOPS Hub in Amman. "We extend our deepest appreciation to the Government and the people of Japan for providing these essential emergency vehicles." The ambulances and staff are designated to work in Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa, three of the Northern governorates of Jordan most directly impacted by the Syrian refugee influx.

The ceremony was hosted by Major General Nasser Al Kaid, Deputy Director-General, Civil Defense and attended by Mr. Norimasa Yoshida, First Secretary and Head of Economic Section of the Embassy of Japan in Amman, along with other senior officials from the Government of Jordan, the Embassy of Japan, and UNOPS.

Mr. Yoshida expressed gratitude and appreciation for the hard work and partnership of UNOPS and of the Government of Jordan. "I truly hope that the vehicles handed over today will assist in addressing the challenges and strengthen the Civil Defense indispensable lifesaving services provided to Syrian refugees and host communities."

UNOPS, an operational arm of the United Nations, has been supporting the Government of Jordan's response to the Syrian refugee crisis since 2013, with projects both inside and outside of refugee camps.

The Government of Jordan now hosts nearly 618,000 registered Syrian refugees, and estimates over 1.3 million Syrians in total in the country. The Civil Defense, under the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, is instrumental in the provision of security for Syrian refugees in Jordan including the host communities.

For press inquiries, please contact: Rebecca Saxton-Fox, UNOPS Reporting and Coordination Officer,, Tel: +962 797555765