Around two thirds of the Syrian refugees in Jordan live in cities and towns rather than camps. These 'urban refugees' are typically crowded into small rented rooms and struggle to afford food, clothing and other basics. Some children have been sent to work to help their families financially, while other families have tried to reduce expenses by finding early marriages for their daughters.

With funding from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the IRC provides cash support to help refugee families cover their basic needs and reduce this risk. The IRC also treats an average of 100 patients a day at two medical clinics in the north of the country and provides maternal health care and emotional support to women.

Since the crisis in Syria began in early 2011, over 1.6 million people have fled to neighbouring countries.