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Overview
The Institute for Family Health (IFH) is a regional model providing comprehensive family healthcare services and training for professionals and caretakers in the fields of family healthcare, child protection, and rehabilitation for survivors of gender-based violence and torture. With highly-specialized staff, the IFH provides integrated healthcare including medical and reproductive health services, psychological, social and legal counseling, and services for children with disabilities. IFH also leads national gender-based violence initiatives, conducts human rights awareness programs, and implements capacity building for community-based organizations and other national and international organizations.

IFH operates a multidisciplinary women’s health and counseling center, a child development unit, and Jordan’s first specialized rehabilitation center for trauma victims serving local community members and refugees from neighboring areas of conflict.

Currently, IFH provides its comprehensive family healthcare services to Jordanians and other nationalities through its work in four refugee camps, two centers in the Greater Amman Municipality, and six static and mobile clinics in five governorates across Jordan.

In partnership with several UN agencies and other international partners, IFH has been providing medical, psychosocial, child protection, and rehabilitation services since 2003 for displaced Iraqis and Syrians, as well as refugees of other nationalities residing in Jordan.

IFH also conducts regional training programs on specialized psychosocial interventions, clinical treatment for survivors of rape, gender-based violence, and child protection to teams from Syria, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Gaza/West Bank, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt. In 2013, IFH became a member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.

History
IFH was established in 1986 with support from Save the Children – Sweden (RäddaBarnen) as a national model for primary healthcare services for mothers and children. The institute was the first health center in Jordan to provide comprehensive training for medical professionals, which initially focused on early detection and intervention for children with disabilities.

Since 2002, IFH has expanded its services to address gaps in family health needs, providing comprehensive counseling services to all family members with a special focus on adolescent females and women through IFH’s Women’s Health Counseling Center.

In response to the emerging need to address mental health issues, IFH established Jordan’s first Trauma Center in 2008. The center provides specialized rehabilitation services to individuals suffering from psychological disorders, survivors of gender-based violence and torture , and other war-related trauma.

Programs

• Family Health
IFH introduced the concept of family health to Jordan and has been focusing on preventive approaches for men, women, and children. Special interventions offer vaccination, early childhood development assessments, and education about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
Additionally, the institute provides a wide range of primary and secondary medical services including family medicine, pediatric care, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and physiotherapy.

• Reproductive Health
IFH is a community-based model that provides comprehensive reproductive health services to all family members including antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, premarital counseling, screening for breast and cervical cancers, menopausal care, management of sexually-transmitted infections, and adolescent reproductive health. In addition, IFH conducts community awareness activities on various topics such as safe motherhood, family planning, and early marriages.

• Gender-Based Violence
IFH is an internationally-recognized national and regional center providing prevention and rehabilitation services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and other kinds of gender-based violence.
Through its Trauma Center, IFH is providing medical, social, psychological, and legal individual counseling services, couples and group therapy, and support groups which target vulnerable groups such as women, children, and refugees.

• Mental and Psychosocial Health
IFH’s Trauma Center is the first national rehabilitation center providing basic and advanced psychosocial counseling services in Jordan and focusing on behavioral and psychological disorders as well as treatment for those suffering from war-related trauma, torture, and organized violence.
IFH is providing mental health and psychosocial counseling services based on internationally-recognized intervention approaches adapted within the context of the MENA region and targets vulnerable groups through individual, family, and group counseling services.

• Child Protection
A wide range of child protection services and activities are implemented through IFH units and child-friendly spaces that utilize professional techniques such as art and play therapy. Child protection services also include rehabilitation services for children with disabilities, abused children, and those with behavioral and psychological problems. Among the local and refugee communities, IFH is providing specialized services for unaccompanied and separated minors such as case management, follow-up, and alternative care arrangements.

• Training and Capacity Building
IFH is recognized among healthcare providers as a national training center for community-based organizations and other governmental and non-governmental organizations on issues related to reproductive health and gender-based violence. One such training program includes the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health in Crisis Situations, which focuses on gender-based violence issues such as the clinical management of rape, child protection, psychological first aid, human rights, community mobilization, and other related topics.
Through several institutional agreements, IFH provides university students and interns with practical training and tuition through its various programs.Experts at IFH continuously develop pioneering written materials in Arabic, adding to their repertoire of specialized training manuals as well as information, education, and communication materials.
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