UOSSM USA is a registered 501(c)(3) medical humanitarian organization, that provides medical relief, emergency lifesaving aid, and quality healthcare to those affected by crisis. UOSSM USA is dedicated to its mission and increases its impact by partnering with local communities and organizations world-wide and is non-political and non-sectarian in its mission…
First Jordanian Conference for Mental Health
UOSSM and UOSSM USA participated in the first Jordanian Conference for Mental Health titled “Towards Better Mental Health for All” in Amman, Jordan. The conference was coordinated and sponsored by the University of Jordan and featured the University’s President, Dr. Nather Obidat.
The conference lasted for three days and brought together professionals, researchers, scholars, and workers in the field of mental health from Jordan and the Arab region. There were 33 scientific discussion sessions and 130 scientific papers presented, in addition to 21 workshops, in Arabic and English, aimed at sharing best practices and skills. The goal of the conference was to provide guidance in implementing mental health within their respective health systems and help elevate the professional and scientific levels in the field of mental health.
Supporting Syrian Civil Defense Humanitarian Workers
The White Helmets workers are constantly exposed to traumatic and tragic situations through bombings, accidents, and most recently, natural disasters, such as the Turkey/Syria Earthquake. They witness horrible deaths, injuries, destruction, and human suffering on a daily basis.
All of these traumatic experiences can severely affect the psychological and emotional health of these dedicated workers. With the support of the World Health Organization, UOSSM is providing the White Helmets with psychological support to improve their mental and emotional health. This will help them navigate stressful situations and stress, enhance their ability to adapt to extremely difficult circumstances, and empower them with the necessary knowledge and skills to cope with difficult times.
Participating in Brussels VII Conference – “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”
Dr. Ahmad Aldbis represented UOSSM at the Brussels VII Conference, “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” held on June 14-15. The main objective of the conference was to ensure continued support for the Syrian people, both in Syria and beyond, by mobilizing the international community to support a comprehensive and credible political solution to the Syrian conflict in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
Launching a Scientific Training of Trainers Project
MIDAD Center for Studies (MCS) and UOSSM launched the “Scientific Research Methodology – Training of Trainers (TOT) Course” project – which is part of the research project to strengthen the health system in Syria (R4HSSS).
This initiative is targeted at postgraduate students and faculty members at Free Aleppo University. It aims to improve their scientific research skills and train them to write scientific research papers at a high professional level. In accordance with the latest scientific standards and controls, the initiative will also provide effective training skills so trained students can later train other students.
Once complete, participants will obtain a certificate from King’s College London and participating entities.
Learning to Walk for the First Time –
A Story of Inspiration
Amal has suffered from a genetic metabolic disease since birth, which has affected her development and prevented her from moving. She began receiving medical treatment at the UOSSM Physiotherapy Center in Kilis, Turkey, in December 2022.
During this time, she was not only provided with access to physical therapy treatment but also supplies such as splints, including a medical boot, knee stabilizer, and a wheelchair. With each passing month, her back, legs, and hand muscles were strengthened through these sessions.
Thanks to the contributions from supporters like you, it has made all the difference! We are thrilled to share that Amal can now walk on her own without any difficulty or the help of her mother!
The road to recovery was long and difficult but it couldn’t have been made possible without your support. We are very appreciative of your generosity. If you would like to help more children like Amal, please make your gift here.
We are so proud of our healthcare team and Amal’s life-changing milestone!
Together, we continue to save lives and build hope.
NewslettersSyria/Turkey Earthquake Relief Updates
Special Edition Newsletter: Earthquake Relief Update
A little over three months have passed since the devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of over 50,000 people, injured thousands, and displaced tens of thousands. Many of those injured continue to receive care in our hospitals with extensive and complex injuries. Many people lost limbs and now have to adjust to their new bodies. And many children became orphans, losing some or their entire families on that catastrophic day.
We have been focusing on earthquake relief efforts since day one, providing urgent and emergency care in our 30 health facilities including 7 hospitals, 10 mobile clinics, transport and referrals through our 62 ambulances, and other services such as diagnostics, dialysis, and blood donation through our specialty centers.
We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of this without supporters like you! We are so grateful!
This is a special edition newsletter to share our work in earthquake relief since February 6.
Heartbreaking Story of Nour
There are many sad cases that we have come across over the past 11 years. One of the most heartbreaking is that of 2 1/2 year old Nour. Her family was already a displaced family, living in difficult conditions, through years of war. On February 6, her whole world changed. The devastating earthquake not only killed her mother and 5 year old brother, but she was critically injured. She remained buried under the rubble for 60 hours until she was finally saved.
UOSSM Immediate Response to Earthquake
On February 6, UOSSM medical facilities began to respond immediately to the earthquake. Our hospitals became overwhelmed with patients. Many injuries were life-threatening as doctors and staff tried to save as many lives as possible. Our other health care facilities were also providing care, while we deployed our 10 mobile clinics to reach hardest hit areas with primary care integrated with mental health services. We have since provided over 81,000 consultations to over 52,000 patients, and provided around 1500 surgeries, the majority of which were major surgeries. In addition, we distributed around 1200 units of blood, provided around 4000 diagnostic services, and transported and referred over 3700 patients through our ambulance system.
UOSSM Board Members Go on Medical Missions to Northwest Syria
Several UOSSM board members responded to the earthquake by leading medical missions to northwest Syria to provide their expertise and support. Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM USA, went to Syria for two days to witness the damage, assess UOSSM’s response and needs, evaluate hospitals and medical facilities, and provide medical care, and victim support in northwest Syria.
Despite Becoming Victims UOSSM Staff Continue to Serve Earthquake Victims
Many UOSSM staff became victims themseleves in the devastating earthquake in northwest Syria and Turkey. Many staff lost family members, were wounded, and became homeless. Despite this, our staff continued to support victims of the earthquake.
Partnering with David Nott Foundation and Action for Humanity on Medical Mission in NW Syria
Action for Humanity and the David Nott Foundation partnered with UOSSM in a medical mission that provided medical support and surgical trainings to doctors in northwest Syria. In five days, over 250 consultations were provided and 81 complicated surgeries were performed, which require orthopedic and reconstructive surgery in Aqrabat Hospital. The majority of the patients are earthquake victims that continue to suffer from their horrible injuries. The need continues to be so great. But there is always hope…
Long Term UOSSM Earthquake Relief Plans
To this day, there are many earthquake victims receiving care in our hospitals. Over the next several months, and based on funding, UOSSM plans to:– Provide First Aid and Emergency Health Services– Provide Lifesaving Assistance to Earthquake Victims (including UOSSM staff): Food, water, shelter, clothing, etc.– Expand Emergency Surgeries Conducted at Hospitals.– Distribute Medicines, Medical Supplies, and Consumables.– Enhance Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Response.– Conduct Medical Missions.– Provide Training and Capacity Building.– Renovate Affected Health FacilitiesIn addition, after the earthquake, there were many children that became orphans in a matter of minutes, we are currently working on a project to provide complete support to these children to enable them to have a promising future. Stay tuned for more details!
Syria/Turkey Earthquake Relief Updates
The devastating earthquake affected the people of northwest Syria in many ways. Many cancer patients waited for months to receive treatment in Turkey. Unfortunately, some patients died waiting, including Taym in the video below. Patients need radiotherapy sessions which is not available at all in northwest Syria. Other patients need chemotherapy, which may be available in northwest Syria, but at a very high cost. These services are provided free of charge in Turkey.
The video above is 8 year old Taym as he tells his story of struggling with cancer, he passed away waiting for treatment.
The health situation in northwest Syria has been deteriorating for years, due to the war, lack of essential needs, and exposure to various types of chemicals and carcinogens from weapons, which has led to various outbreaks and diseases, and a high rise in cancer and incurable diseases. These factors are all causing a high percentage of deaths among cancer patients.
There are three specialized oncology centers in northwest Syria. These centers provide free consultations in addition to some simple medical procedures. This varies based on availability of the medicines and capability to provide services. Cancer patients suffer from the high cost of chemical medicines and some procedures that may require accommodation in private hospitals to take doses, receive intensive care, etc. Many times the family cannot afford the high costs.
Currently, there are 4300 active cancer cases in northwest Syria.
The most common cancers are breast cancer – 13%, lung cancer – 11%, blood cancer – 10%, colorectal cancer – 7%, prostate cancer – 6%, stomach cancer – 4%.
More than 15% of those patients are children suffering from blood cancer.
Nour is only 2 1/2 years old. She has had to endure so much in her young life. On February 6, her whole world changed. The devastating earthquake not only killed her mother and 5 year old brother, but she was critically injured. She remained buried under the rubble for 60 hours until she was finally saved.
Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. Nour had to have her right leg amputated. Her injuries were critical, as she suffers from crush syndrome, which caused her to lose a lot of tissue in her bottom. She has had to endure excruciating pain over the past two months. She had several surgeries, including reconstructive surgery, along with other treatment to help save her life. She has to be sedated to change the bandaging and dressing on her wounds. She has been receiving care at Aqrabat Hospital for over two months.
Nour and her family were a displaced family in Jandaris. They already had to endure so much pain from forced displacement. Now Nour must learn to live without her mother and brother, and learn to walk with the aid of a prosthetic limb.
There are so many children like Nour. Many children receiving care at our hospitals became orphans in a matter of minutes, many are suffering from terrible injuries. Many are traumatized…
The earthquake added a crisis on top of an already existing humanitarian crisis in the region. The need continues to be so great.
There are now 4.5 million people in northwest Syria, of which 4.1 million people are in need. They continue to suffer every single day…
You can support our earthquake relief efforts by clicking here.
UOSSM’s response to the earthquake in Syria and Turkey was immediate, due to the existing framework and operations in northwest Syria since 2012. With over 1800 staff on the ground, our team has been working tirelessly, for almost two months, despite all the pain and heartache, to alleviate the suffering and help heal and save lives of earthquake victims. Many of UOSSM’s staff found themselves as victims but continued to push and help save lives.
Some injuries of earthquake victims are minor, but many are complicated causing lives to be lost, limbs to be amputated, and recovery to be extremely difficult. The earthquake left many children without families, changing countless lives forever. Even cancer patients are having difficulty accessing crucial medical care in Turkey, leaving innocent lives to battle the horrible disease with little relief.
UOSSM proudly has provided 80,265 consultations to 51,373 patients, provided 1172 major surgeries and 191 minor surgeries, along with other vital services such as diagnostics, dialysis, and blood unit distribution through our 30 hospitals and health facilities, 10 mobile clinics, and 62 ambulances since February 6.
At least 50,000 were killed, hundreds of thousands were injured, and thousands upon thousands were displaced, many for a second, third, or even fourth time.
There is still so much to do. Please support our work as we continue to provide the victims with the care and humanitarian relief they deserve.
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…
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UOSSM USA held a youth summer club for students in Bareeq Education Center in Jordan. The club included psyhcosocial support (social emotional learning) as well as many fun and educational activities and games for the children including photography, programming, self-defense (for girls), drawing, painting, gardening, computer literacy, and a book club. Around 200 attended the summer camp. They enjoyed their time in the camp learning and having fun!#UOSSM #UOSSMUSA #Jordan #Refugees #Children #Fun #Camp #HopeArabic below>>>أقامت UOSSM USA نادي صيفي للأطفال واليافعين في مقر منظمة بريق في الأردن؛ شمل النادي العديد من الأنشطة والألعاب الممتعة والتعليمية للأطفال وبرامج التوعية النفسية والاجتماعية، بما في ذلك التصوير، والبرمجة، والدفاع عن النفس (للفتيات)، والرسم، والزراعة، ومهارات الحاسوب، ونادي الكتاب. حضر حوالي 200 شخص مخيم الصيف، واستمتعوا بوقتهم في النادي من خلال التعلم والمرح!
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UOSSM USA in Jordan began a series of trainings for the staff of the Jordan Health Care Directorate in the National Mental Health Hospital (National Center for Addiction) to build and strengthen the capacity of government staff in the medical field. These trainings will be provided throughout September and October and aim to strengthen and build the capacity of the staff mental health trainings focused on case management, and suicide prevention. In addition, to training the teams to become trainers of their colleagues.بدأت منظمة UOSSM USA في الأردن بـسلسلة من التدريبات لـكوارد وزارة الصحة الاردنية في مستشفى المركز الوطني للصحة النفسية (المركز الوطني لتأهيل المدمنين) في إطار السعي الدائم لرفع كفاءة العاملين في القطاع الحكومي الصحي والذي سوف يكون خلال شهريّ أيلول وتشرين الأول. حيث يهدف التدريب لرفع قدرات العاملين في المركز من خلال اعطائهم تدريبات متخصصة في الصحة النفسية، وإدارة الحالة، والوقاية ومنع الانتحار، بالإضافة لتأهيل عاملين مدربين قادرين على تقديم هذه المحاور التدريبية لزملائهم.#UOSSMUSA #UOSSM #jordan #mentalhealth #humanitarian
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In response to the horrible disasters in Libya and Morocco, UOSSM USA has established hotlines to provide psychological support for those affected. The call can be made to one of the numbers on the post, and are confidential and secure, and will provide comprehensive psychological support, free of charge, to those who need it most. We stand with the people during these horrible times of crisis. Together, we will continue to save lives and build hope.#UOSSM #UOSSMUSA #LibyaFloods #MoroccoEarthquake #humanitarian #psychologicalsupport #mentalhealth #wellbeing #hope
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We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in humanity in Libya and Morocco. Our thoughts and prayers are will all those who have lost their lives or loved ones in these tragic disasters. On behalf of our UOSSM family, our hearts are with you all.#UOSSM #LibyaFloods #MoroccoEarthquake
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