Ukraine Medical Mission Updates
On May 26th, UOSSM Ukraine, in participation with the International Academy of Personal Management, organized and presented the lecture and training workshop, “Medical and Psychological Aspects of War” to over 25 doctors and volunteers. There were both in person and online speakers and participants at the session.
The program offered:
Upon completion of the training session, all participants were presented with certificates of participation.
You can click here to support our work in Ukraine.
You can click here to learn more about our medical mission in Ukraine.
Feeding Orphans, Displaced, and Needy Families in Ramadan
During the month of April (which coincided with the month of Ramadan), we were able to reach hundreds of orphans, refugees, and displaced families in Syria and Jordan by providing them with warm Iftar meals. This was made possible through the support of Hathi Hayati, a local organization that supports needy and displaced and needy families with shelter, food and special projects
Click here to watch one of the Iftar dinner videos in Jordan for orphans and their families – which will warm your heart!
In this month of reflection, we would like to convey how grateful we are for your support – we could not do this life-changing work without YOU!
Together, we truly are saving lives and building hope!
Providing Food to the Underserved and Needy in Cincinnati
Islamic Relief USA awarded a grant to UOSSM USA for the distribution of Ramadan food baskets to needy and underserved families in the Cincinnati area during Ramadan. In partnership with the Islamic Association of Cincinnati (IAC) – Clifton Mosque, UOSSM USA was able to distribute 80 food baskets to 75 families through its food pantry which runs year round.
This would not have been possible without the amazing support of our partners and volunteers! Thank you!
Surgical Medical Mission in Ukraine
On April 2nd -12th, UOSSM USA, in partnership with British renowned war doctor, Dr. David Nott of the David Nott Foundation, led a surgical medical mission which provided training workshops to doctors, and critical surgeries to patients affected by the war in Ukraine. Dr. David Nott, along with Dr. Monzer Yazji, Dr. Ahmad Dbais and Dr. Mohammed Zaidiye all contributed and coordinated in the surgical medical mission.
Throughout the 10 days, the medical mission team visited major hospitals where complex reconstructive and plastic surgeries were performed on victims of attacks while doctors observed and were provided with training on treating injured victims of war and war weapons. Click here to read our full press release on the surgical medical mission.
Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM USA stated, “As Dr. Nott and I were visiting hospitals in Ukraine, we witnessed very similar severe injuries to the ones we witnessed in Syria. It was harrowing to see this type of history repeat itself and victims with the same types of horrible injuries.” Dr. Yazji was interviewed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN about the medical mission in Ukraine. Click here to watch the full CNN report!
There are still countless others who require medical attention. As a result, another medical mission is being planned in June. Click here to support our medical mission in Ukraine.
Continuing Services in Sarmada Mental Health Hospital
UOSSM signed an agreement to continue providing a complete package of mental health services through the Sarmada Mental Health Hospital, and two mental health mobile clinics, beginning on May 1, 2022.
The hospital is the only center that treats mental and psychological disorders in northwest Syria. In 2021 the hospital and mobile clinics had 3048 beneficiaries, and provided 6928 consultations.
Training Center for SBOMS
After a committee from the Syrian Board of Medical Specialties (SBOMS) visited the Al Andalus Hospital, it announced the decision to use the hospital as a training center specializing in pediatrics and general surgery.
The hospital, which follows all standards and guidelines required by specialized authorities and councils will provide training to local resident pediatricians and general surgeons, building and strengthening their capacity.
Overcoming Health Care Service Challenges in Syria
Despite many challenges, UOSSM continues to provide primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services to the most vulnerable and needy families through 6 hospitals, 14 primary health care centers, 7 specialty centers, and 3 mobile clinics in northwest Syria. All centers follow strict prevention and protection guidelines adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.
In 2021 UOSSM provided:
– medical services to almost 1.4 million people in Syria and Turkey
– protection services to over 55,000 people
– nutrition services focused on women and children to over 184,000 beneficiaries
– care to over 40,000 people through our mental health and psychosocial support program
– health care services to over 1 million patients at Bab Al Hawa Hospital through the end of 2019
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UOSSM has been responding to the crisis in Ukraine by providing expertise gained from over 10 years of war in Syria through medical missions and training. On April 2 -12, UOSSM, in partnership with British renowned war doctor, Dr. David Nott of the David Nott Foundation, led a surgical medical mission, providing training workshops to doctors, and critical surgeries to patients affected by the war in Ukraine. Dr. David Nott, Dr. Monzer Yazji, Dr. Ahmad Dbais and Dr. Mohammed Zaidiye all contributed and coordinated in the surgical medical mission.
Throughout the 10 days, the medical mission team visited seven major hospitals throughout several geographical locations in eastern, central, and western Ukraine, where complex reconstructive and plastic surgeries were performed on victims of attacks. 40 doctors observed and received trainings during the surgeries. In addition, three workshops were provided to over 37 doctors with different surgical specialties. The workshops taught doctors about damage and impact on the human body from different types of weapons during war, different types of trauma resulting from these weapons, and response handling these injuries including damage control, emergency surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
A new surgical medical mission is being planned in June to provide support to the doctors and people of Ukraine.
Dr. David Nott wrote on his foundation page about his visit in Ukraine, “Now having seen the devastation, it feels like the exact same tactics as in Syria. When I was in Aleppo in 2016, the whole region was completely and utterly destroyed. What we’re seeing in cities like Mariupol – the destruction – feels very similar to what I witnessed in Aleppo.”
UOSSM Ukraine was established in Ukraine with an office in Lutsk and two medical clinics, one in Lviv and one in Lutsk, providing urgent medical care to displaced Ukrainians and vital trainings to doctors and medical staff.
Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM USA said, “As Dr. Nott and I were visiting hospitals in Ukraine, we witnessed very similar severe injuries to the ones we witnessed in Syria. It was harrowing to see this type of history repeat itself and victims with the same types of horrible injuries. Our duty is to help the innocent civilians by providing them with urgent medical care, and support doctors by providing medical training on handling war-related injuries that they desperately need. The duty of the international community is to ensure that these types of attacks are never repeated again, anywhere in the world.”
You can support UOSSM’s medical mission work by clicking here.
Helping Displaced and Needy Families in Ramadan
Imagine fasting all day and not knowing if or when you will even be able to eat your next meal. This is the dire situation for thousands of displaced Syrian families.
Join us this Ramadan to help feed the hungry, improve their health and well-being, and ease their suffering. YOU can help us continue to reach the most vulnerable with our lifesaving and vital humanitarian, emergency and medical services.
With YOUR support, we can reach at least 1,000 displaced refugee families this Ramadan who are in need in Syria and Jordan.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadan.”Any contribution to support these families and our work will make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Each dollar donated during Ramadan is multiplied!
Please click here to support this campaign.
Haneen is Recovering after Complicated Surgery
Thanks to YOUR support, 9-year-old Haneen was able to get the medical care she needed after complicated surgery from a health condition. After rehabilitation treatment at Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center, she is now on the road to recovery!
Many children like Haneen live in hard-to-reach areas that do not have easy access to healthcare. YOUR support enables children like Haneen to become strong and healthy once again by helping provide access to quality healthcare, free of charge every single day!
Together, we are saving lives and building hope.
Launching Medical Points in Ukraine
In March, Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM/UOSSM USA, took a second trip to Ukraine to launch the UOSSM Ukraine office and the medical points to help support Ukrainians affected by the war. Dr. Yazji stated ”We formed a network of volunteer doctors from different specialties and conducted a training for them. We are seeing around 60 patients a day at one medical point located in a church. Tomorrow, the number is expected to jump to 300 patients per day, as other local churches will be sending patients here to this medical point!”
On his first trip, Dr. Yazji had met with other international NGOs and local officials to assess the situation, establish the UOSSM Ukraine office, and provide medical relief. You can read about the first medical mission here and about the parallels between the Syrian and Ukrainian crises here.
UOSSM was founded in 2012, in response to the crisis in Syria to help provide emergency humanitarian relief, medical care and relief and train those on the ground to handle war wounds, chemical attacks and other war related injuries and is now in Ukraine to provide the same type of support and services to Ukrainians affected by the war. You can support our work in Ukraine by clicking here.
Distributing Food Baskets to Muslim families in Cincinnati during Ramadan
Islamic Relief USA awarded a grant to UOSSM USA for the distribution of food baskets to needy families in the Cincinnati area during Ramadan. The baskets will be distributed in partnership with the Islamic Association of Cincinnati – Clifton Mosque, which has a food pantry that runs year round.
Training on Malnutrition in Syria
Malnutrition continues to be a dangerous problem affecting needy and displaced families in northwest Syria. Training staff on handling malnutrition within the community is vital.
UOSSM, in cooperation with the European Union, provided “Community Management of Acute Malnutrition” training (recently updated by UNICEF and the nutrition sector) to health staff in March.
This hybrid workshop, which was held over seven days, provided in-person training to 96 participants in Sarmada and Idlib and online training to 13 participants.
Providing Over 1,400 Dialysis Sessions a Month
The Ibn Sina Dialysis Center in Idlib continues to provide dialysis to patients with end-stage renal failure. Each patient receives at least two dialysis sessions per week. With 26 dialysis machines, it is the main and largest dialysis center in northern Syria dedicated to treating 170 patients out of the 600 registered patients in the region.
The Dialysis Center has been divided into three sections to ensure that high quality services are provided in a safe manner. One section has been allocated to patients who do not suffer from any infections; the second section is devoted to patients with hepatitis; and the third section has been allocated to patients with COVID-19 (the center is fully equipped with personal protective equipment and prevention and control means).
Over the past 8 months, the number of dialysis sessions in the Ibn Sina Dialysis Center increased by 30% – from 1,100 sessions in July 2021 to 1,450 in March 2022.
Supporting Health Integrated Resilience (HIRS) Project
UOSSM Canada will be supporting the Health Integrated Resilience (HIRS) project in northern Syria from April to August 2022.
The operating phase aims to train doctors and nurses to use the HIRS telemedicine platform by hiring telemedicine technical assistants from three health facilities (selected specialties: mental health, pediatrics, and Intensive Care Unit). This platform will be developed using feedback from service providers and volunteer consultants as end-users.The HIRS telemedicine platform will help reduce the burden on service providers and ensure that the best services are provided to patients who have received medical consultations by volunteer physicians from all over the world. In addition, this will increase the technical competencies of service providers in Syria for managing similar critical cases in the future.
An added value will be achieved during the operational phase through the formation of a technical medical committee to develop policies, procedures, and all things related to the telemedicine program.
Participating in “Health in Conflict” Conference at Cambridge University
On March 21st-22nd, UOSSM participated in the “Health in Conflict” Conference held at Cambridge University. The main topic of discussion was assessing research and policies for populations affected by conflict and humanitarian crises in the Middle East and North Africa. The conference was organized by the Research for Health in Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (R4HC-MENA) project.
UOSSM USA’s Co-founder Dr. Monzer Yazji, was interviewed by CNN on his recent medical missions in Ukraine. Dr. Yazji has gone to Syria throughout the past 10 years helping doctors and to alleviate the incredible suffering of the people. He felt a duty to share that expertise and support with the people of Ukraine as they are suffering under similar circumstances.
Dr. Yazji said, “Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN interviewed me about my medical missions in Ukraine and my past medical missions in Syria.In addition, the Ukrainian doctors are physically and emotionally exhausted. I was able to provide them with mental health support, and shared my experiences on the ground in Syria for the past 11 years and ways to cope with the stress. We also provided Ukrainian doctors with trainings, and helped continue to provide medical care, urgent medical and humanitarian relief to those affected by the brutal war at our clinics.
You can support our medical mission in Ukraine by clicking here.
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UOSSM has played an integral role in the mental health and healthcare in the Syrian crisis. UOSSM established strategic initiatives early on in the crisis, working closely with local communities, the most vulnerable, particularly women & children, national and international organizations; providing quality healthcare services to millions of people in need…
Taiba was in excruciating pain and almost gave up hope until she visiting the UOSSM DER Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center in Kilis, Turkey. There, the root of her pain was discovered and the UOSSM team developed a rehabilitation plan with sessions to relieve the pain, and taught Taiba a series of exercises aimed at restoring her range of motion. “After ten physiotherapy sessions at the center and online, the pain has gone away. Now I can open my fingers easily and extend my arms. I can hold things, cook for my family and clean my house.”Part of the evaluation at the UOSSM center was focused on Taiba’s psychological needs. Taiba was given a psychosocial plan to follow, in addition to her rehabilitation plan, that focused on stress management, using coping mechanisms, and strengthening her social networks so that she would could deal with the stress and worry she sometimes experienced.Taiba has now completely recovered.The center is in partnership with Relief International.Together, we are saving lives and building hope....#UOSSM #UOSSMTurkey #Syria #Turkey #Rehabilitation #Phsyiotherapy #MentalHealth #Displaced #Refugees #Humanitarian #MedicalRelief
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A patient at Al Bab Hospital working on fun, skillful activities with a psychosocial support worker as part of her mental health treatment. Working on, and enhancing, special skills helps the patient feel a sense of importance/belonging in a community, a sense of accomplishment, and the overall ability to achieve specific performance goals. This helps improve the overall state of mental health while helping to prevent other psychological disorders. Every human has the right to good physical and mental health. Syrian families, who have survived over 10 years of trauma from war, death, injuries, loss, and displacement - deserve this. They need this. Our supporters make this possible every single day. Together, we are saving lives and building hope. ... #UOSSM #MentalHealth #psychosocialsupport #Syria #Turkey #Jordan #NorthernSyria #Displaced #Refugees
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At UOSSM, we believe every person should have access to health care. It is a basic human necessity. Our supporters continue to enable us to reach the most vulnerable communities with quality health care, free of charge, around the clock, to those who need it most, including displaced, underserved, and needy families. The Aidoon Primary Health Services provides medical services in an area of 11 displacement camps, with over 50,000 people, in the town of Salqeen. The clinics in the center include: internal medicine, general care, pediatrics, gynecology, and mental health care. The center also includes a lab, pharmacy, nutrition and community health services. Together, we continue to save lives and build hope....#UOSSM #Syria #Turkey #Ukraine #Medical #Humanitarian #Care #Health #Wellbeing #Displacement #Refugees #Displaced #Hope
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Al Andalus Hospital (previously Abeen Hospital), is a surgical hospital that provides specialty and surgery services to 8500 patients a month in general surgery, urology, cardiology, internal medicine, and gastrointestinal. The clinics in the hospital provide care in pediatrics, urology, general medicine, women's care, mental health care, pediatric nephrology and mhGap services. The pediatric department includes a neonatal unit, ICU and a recovery and rehabilitation center. The women's department includes obstretics care- labor and delivery, gynecological surgeries, and recovery and rehabilitation. The hospital which also has a lab and pharmacy, provides emergency care, around the clock, seven days a week. Our supporters help keep these lifesaving medical facilities running.Together, we are saving lives and building hope....#UOSSM #AlandalusHospital #Neonatal #Pediatrics #Gynecology #Medical #Humanitarian #Displaced #underservedcommunities #hope
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