Jordan to distribute 1.5 million free condoms

Birth control program costs gov't $600,000

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Jordan is planning to distribute 1.5 million condoms to the public as part of a birth control program that will cost the government 420, 000 Jordanian dinars (600,000 U.S. dollars), a public health official told Alarabiya.net.

Jordan’s Ministry of Health has invited tenders for supplying condoms and other contraceptives, which will be distributed for free, a ministry spokesman told AlArabiya.net.

The total population of Jordan is around 5 million, many of whom are Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, in addition to the large Egyptian community that works there.

The growth rate of Jordan’s population has risen sharply from 2.8% between 2000 and 2003 to 5.2% at present.

The country is struggling with an increasing rate of poverty. According to the latest figures from 2007, some 880,000 people lived below the poverty line, and the poverty rate in some districts was as high as 80 percent.

The government has classified 41 districts as "poverty pockets" and statistics show that 14 percent of Jordanian citizens suffer from a shortage in basic commodities.

The Head of the Reproductive Health Department at the Jordanian Ministry of Health told AlArabiya.net that childhood and maternity centers across the kingdom offer family planning services for free.


(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).