The Institute for Family Health (IFH) was founded in 1986 with support from Save the Children Sweden, Rädda Barnen, as a model for health care services for mothers and children. The institute was the first health center in Jordan to provide comprehensive training for medical professionals. Training initially focused on children with disabilities, including detection training, screening, and rehabilitation. Since then, IFH has expanded its services to address additional family health needs, with special emphasis on women through the Women’s Health Counseling Center.
IFH’s highly qualified medical staff empower families to lead healthy lives by providing comprehensive health care services, ranging from medical, social and psychological counseling to legal advice and dentistry.
Training and Health Education
Training is a core activity at IFH. Besides training child development specialists on the early detection of childhood disabilities, IFH provides training in family health care, psychology and social work to college and university students and community-based organizations (CBOs) in Jordan and the region.
A community outreach mobile unit runs working groups for adolescents and adults on topics including reproductive health, nutrition, and the detection and prevention of domestic violence. IFH also provides support groups for parents and information to teachers on early signs of childhood disabilities.
IFH has produced several educational pamphlets, covering topics such as family planning, breast feeding, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual harassment. These pamphlets are distributed to universities, health centers, hospitals and community centers across Jordan.
Family Planning and Reproductive Health
IFH gives comprehensive information and advice to both women and men on family planning and reproductive health, including sexually transmitted diseases and contraceptive use with support from the Ministry of Health. IFH also organizes reproductive health awareness campaigns at the institute and throughout Jordan.
IFH takes a comprehensive approach to women's health, concerned with lifelong well-being. In 2002, IFH established the Women's Health Counseling Center (WHCC) with support from the Italian NGO AIDOS and funding from the European Union and UNFPA.
WHCC is the first center in Jordan to provide comprehensive health care to women, including clinical services, gynecological and obstetrics and menopause care, early detection of cervical and breast cancer, pre-natal and post-natal care and baby massage, nutrition assessment, and laboratory services. WHCC also operates a women’s gymnasium.
Through its Pediatric Unit, IFH offers primary health care to infants and children including routine vaccinations and developmental monitoring.
IFH's Child Development Unit provides specialist care to children with mild to moderate disabilities, including speech and hearing impairment, orthopedic or movement impairments, learning disabilities, and other syndromes.
Counseling and Domestic Violence
IFH provides psychological, social and legal counceling services to women, men and children for a broad range of issues including marital laws, women's rights and physical and sexual abuse. IFH also helps aspiring women entreprenuers start their own businesses.
IFH specializes in the prevention and detection of domestic violence, and is recognized by the USAID-funded Private Sector Project for Women's Health (PSP) and Freedom House for its role in the screening, management and referral of domestic violence victims in rural and urban areas in Jordan.
IFH is taking a leading role in a national project developed by PSP to train medical staff in public and private hospitals and CBOs across Jordan in the detection of violence against women and the referral of victims.
Displaced Iraqis in Jordan
IFH began providing its services to displaced Iraqis living in Jordan in 2006. In particular, IFH offers psychological counseling to Iraqi men, women and children who suffer from post-traumatic stress. With support from International Relief and Development, the UNHCR and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, these services are being expanded to include home visits, as well as capacity-building for CBOs covering counseling and health care for Iraqis.
PO Box 955
Amman 11910 Jordan
Tel. + 962 6 5344190
Fax. + 962 6 5344191