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Syria's Refugees Meet Mama Munira

20 March 2014

ZA'ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — Over the past three years, Syria's civil war has left more than 130,000 dead and forced millions to flee to neighbouring countries like Jordan. In the midst of this catastrophe, one extraordinary woman remains focused on her work: changing lives for the better.

Meet Munira Sha'ban, Jordan's most famous nurse and midwife. Munira came out of retirement in her late sixties when the UNFPA office in Jordan hired her to work with Syrian refugees in the Za'atari camp where she advocates for family planning and supports and counsels pregnant women.

Jordan
Population:
7.5 mil
  • Fertility rate
    3.3
  • Maternal Mortality Ratio
    50
  • Contraceptives prevalence rate
    42
  • Population aged 10-24
    28%
Youth secondary school enrollment:
Boys 86%
Girls 89%