Press release: Key training component of Syrian refugee project completed


AMMAN / Al Muwaqar, 28 June 2014 – The closing ceremony of the Civil Defense Training of Trainer Courses, as a part of the larger project, “Improving Emergency Response Services for Syrian Refugees and Affected Jordanian Communities,” took place on Thursday.

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 (CD), seeks to assist the Government of Jordan in managing the influx of Syrian refugees. Under the project, the Japanese government donated four new fully equipped paramedic ambulances, as well as advanced paramedic and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to 20 CD paramedic staff.

“You and those who, in turn, you will train, have a difficult and fundamental job of saving lives,” said Ms Nieves Molina-Clemente, UNOPS program manager, to the CD trainees. “I thank you for that and I wish you strength to carry out such an important task.”

The project contributes to the capacity of the Government and the CD to provide Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugees with essential emergency services. 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.

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 600,000 registered Syrian refugees, and estimates that there are as many as 1.3 million Syrians in total in the country. The CD, under the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, is instrumental in the provision of security for Syrian refugees in Jordan and in host communities.

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

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