Global response

The European Union has launched on 8 April 2020, together with the EU Development Ministers, its “Team Europe” package to support partner countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences. The objective of the “Team Europe” approach is to combine resources from the EU, its Member States, and financial institutions, in particular the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Southern Neighbourhood response

As part of its global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Union stands in particular by its partners in the Southern Neighbourhood and is adjusting its on-going assistance programmes and re-orienting its programming to mobilise emergency support of over €2.3 billion. Based on needs expressed by partner countries, this re-orientated EU support is focusing specifically on health, economic and social sectors.

Jordan response

As Team Europe, the European Union, its Member States and European financial institutions, have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Jordan by accelerating and calibrating its support to existing programmes, adapting upcoming support and providing additional funding to help overcome the impact of the crisis.These three types of response tied in closely with the impact of the containment measures implemented by the government. Team Europe mobilised its humanitarian, nexus and development instruments and coordinated closely with the rest of the donors’ community throughout the crisis.

Support has been provided to the four sectors highlighted as pillars of Jordan government’s response: health, social protection, education and economic recovery.

Health
Social protection
Education
Economic recovery
Other type of support

Students’ stories

EDU-SYRIA programme is a series of EU-funded projects through the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (Madad Fund), managed by the German Jordanian University. EDU-SYRIA came as a response action to help Syrian refugees and the host communities in Jordan through granting the youth of Syrian refugees and underprivileged Jordanians access to higher education through a set of scholarships.

In an effort to give back to their community, EDU-SYRIA students came up with their own initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Su’ad Nabulsi

Su’ad, an EDU-SYRIA graduate, made a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic by volunteering with the Amal Center of the Arab Medical Relief Society (ACAMRS), where she worked alongside individuals with special challenges and special needs, and assisted those unable to use technology to communicate with their therapists.

Osama Ahmad

Osama, an EDU-SYRIA graduate, made a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic by educating vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees on the virus. He raised awareness about the needed measures to be taken such as social distancing and frequent hand-washing.

Ayaat Nouais

Ayaat, an EDU-SYRIA student, made a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic by launching her own health care initiative on social media, where she offered free basic medical services such as taking vital signs, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Using sterilized equipment and tools, she was able to conduct safe check-ups for patients in need.

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