Japan Maternal Handbook App Offered for Refugees in Jordan (News)


Amman, Jordan, April 8 (Jiji Press)—Japan's maternal and child health handbook has been turned into a smartphone app for use by Palestinian refugees in Jordan, through the collaboration of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and a UN organization.

With the app, even if refugees lose their handbooks while moving to new locations due to a conflict, their health records will be maintained electronically.

The app was launched on April 4 in Jordan, which has some 2.1 million Palestinian refugees registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA.

Of some 90,000 refugee mothers who possess such handbooks in Jordan, 80% are said to have access to smartphones as well.

Since 2008, UNRWA has introduced the Arabic version of the handbook in Palestinian territories, as well as Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and other locations.

A Palestinian resident of a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan, displays her maternal and child health handbook alongside the accompanying smartphone app on April 4 at an UNRWA medical care facility. (© Jiji)

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