UOSSM USA mourns the death of Dr. Al-Araj, the director of the Health Directorate in Hama. Dr. Al-Araj was killed by an air missile targeting the “Cave Hospital” which was built inside a mountain in a “cave like structure” to keep the facility and staff safe.
A couple of months ago Dr. Al-Araj stood in Geneva defending health care workers and facilities against the systematic targeting of health facilities by air forces.
Dr. Al-Araj was one of the most compassionate and caring doctors who dedicated his own hospital and time to help and heal the wounded. He was elected as the director of health in Hama and was working for the sake of the wounded people until he was killed. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and all those who lost their lives serving the greater good.
Rest in Peace our hero.
The Al-Quds Hospital, primarily a hospital for women and children, was struck Wednesday April 27, twice within five minutes in the same location by thermobaric bombs at 9:30 p.m. Damascus time, the hospital was completely destroyed. At least 50 were killed in the attack, including women in labor, along with their unborn or newborn babies, and babies in incubators. The number is expected to rise as bodies are still being retrieved from under the rubble. These bombings are taking place while there is a ceasefire agreement that began on February 27.
On April 15-17 Dr. Khaula Sawah, along with UOSSM USA board member, Dr. Monzer Yazji, attended UOSSM’s Board Meetings in Gaziantep, Turkey. The meetings were very productive.
Dr. Sawah also attended the UOSSM International General Assembly Meeting on April 17.
On April 18, Dr. Khaula Sawah, attended the Scientific Day Conference in Gaziantep, Turkey along with UOSSM members, and donor and member organizations. The event was organized by UOSSM.
UPDATES FROM THE GROUND IN SYRIA
In the month of April, UOSSM’s hospitals, primary and mental health care centers, UOSSM’s Medical Training and Educational Center, along with mobile clinics were hard at work providing services throughout Syria to those who need it most, including hard to reach areas.
UOSSM BAB AL HAWA HOSPITAL
Through the end of April BHH provided services to a total of 31,243 patients. Among the services provided, there was a total of 2259 emergency visits and 215 emergency surgeries. There was a total of 710 specialty surgeries, and 137 pediatric surgeries, along with many other services that the hospital provided.
The new cardiac center was partially opened after receiving new equipment and and funding of supplies and medications for six months from Islamic Relief. UOSSM France provided funding for salaries and operations for a period of five months.