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May 2021 Newsletter
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UOSSM USA Continues Fundraising Campaign to Support Hospitals in Gaza

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza due to the recent attacks, including attacks on hospitals and medical facilities.

Our ultimate goal is to raise $300,000 to provide medical aid to hospitals and medical facilities in Gaza and the West Bank in Palestine. You can help replenish the shortage of medicines and medical equipment resulting from those attacks, and ensure continuation of healthcare provision to those in need of medical care. We can’t do this without your support.

Please click here to support this campaign.

 

 

UOSSM Continues to Operate Two Mental Health Mobile Clinics in Northern Syria

UOSSM will continue to operate two Mental Health Mobile Clinics (MHMC) in the Afrin district for three months. The main goal of the clinics is to provide mental health and psychosocial support services, and refer more serious and severe cases to the UOSSM Mental Health Unit in Sarmada, which receives further specialized support by the WHO.

The MHMCs will provide accessible mental health care services in areas of displacement, to those who otherwise were unable to reach those services.

 

 

UOSSM Continues to Provide Primary Health Care Services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM will continue to provide essential primary health care services by supporting two Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs) in northwest Syria. The PHCs aim to cover the health care needs of vulnerable populations in the Armanaz subdistrict. The PHCs are operated by UOSSM and supported by WHO.

 

 

UOSSM Continues to Support Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI)

UOSSM, with the support of WHO, will continue to support sustaining the services of the EPI program in northern Syria through the Syria Immunization Group (SIG). The SIG works in close cooperation with WHO, UNICEF, and other NGOs.

The routine immunizations target children under the age of two with the following antigens: BCG, Hep B 0, OPV, IPV, Penta, and MMR, and school-age children and females of childbearing age (15-49), especially pregnant women, with the TD vaccine.

 

 

UOSSM Supports Advanced Secondary Health Care Services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM will support advanced secondary health services in northwestern and eastern Syria by providing urinary tract diagnostic and rehabilitation services in Sarmada, and improve the health of patients in Tal Abyad by providing renal dialysis services. The renal dialysis services include diagnostic services for urinary disorders such as Urodynamic Test, ultrasound, cystoscopy, and therapeutic services such as small and large urinary surgeries
 

 

Impact Story- Mustafa

15-year-old Mustafa was involved in a horrible car accident, which led to cerebral hemorrhage, causing paralysis in all four limbs. Mustafa was referred to UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center, where the examination showed that he had paralysis of the lower extremities along with severe spasms. In addition, he had paralysis of the left upper limb, which was due to incorrect positioning on the hospital bed and lack of physical therapy in the bed while hospitalized with his injuries.
 
Our team put together a treatment plan to help Mustafa. Mustafa began physical therapy rehabilitation which included stretches and other exercises. Mustafa was not able to sit on his own, but after a few physical therapy sessions he was able to get up from a lying position to sitting on the edge of the table on his own!
 
His treatment has not been easy due to muscle spasms and tightness, but after his hard work and the support of the medical team, Mustafa was able to extend his knees on his own. He will now begin the second stage of his treatment, which includes standing and balancing, to prepare him to walk on his own.
 
Thanks to our supporters, Mustafa has a chance to walk again!
Together, we are saving lives and building hope.
 
Donate
 

Did you know?

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Mental health in Syria is something we care deeply about.

In 2020:

– UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

– UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– UOSSM provided protection services to over 55,000 people

– UOSSM provided over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused onwomen and children

– UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000 people

– UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

 

 

 

UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

Copyright © *2021* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

UOSSM provides Rafif with medical care after fall.
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UOSSM USA Launches Fundraising Campaign to Support Hospitals in Gaza

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza due to the recent attacks, including attacks on hospitals and medical facilities.

Our goal is to raise $300,000 to provide medical aid to hospitals and medical facilities in Gaza and the West Bank in Palestine. You can help replenish the shortage of medicines and medical equipment resulting from those attacks, and ensure continuation of healthcare provision to those in need of medical care. We can’t do this without your support.

Please click here to support this campaign.

UOSSM Partners with World Health Organization (WHO) to Support Integrated Health Service Network in Harem

UOSSM is partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) to support an integrated health service delivery network in Harem. The integrated service delivery network in Idlib was established by the WHO office in Gaziantep, and is in cooperation with 6 Syrian non-profit health partners, utilizing 10 health facilities (4 mobile primary health care (PHC) units, 3 fixed PHC units, 2 PHC centers, and 1 comprehensive PHC center).

The network aims to deliver equitable, accessible, and sustainable health services within a spectrum of health promotion, diagnosis and disease management. These principles and goals are based on the restructuring of the system towards primary health care via implementation of the Essential Healthcare Package (EHSP) at different levels, and a referral system to higher care levels.

Six UOSSM PHCs will be supported in this network with staff, capacity building, rehabilitation, and medical devices.

UOSSM Collaborates with the Idlib Health Directorate, Provides Awareness About Autism

UOSSM, through its Center for Special Education collaborated with the Idlib Health Directorate offering a seminar about autism. The seminar explained autism, its causes, and mistakes made with autistic children. In addition, the basics of therapeutic intervention were presented. The seminar coincided with World Autism Week, which aims to raise awareness about dealing with autistic children and integrating them into society.

UOSSM Launches Research Project to Strengthen the Health System in Syria

UOSSM launched a research project that will explore options to strengthen the health system in Syria, this project will be supported by the King’s College London. The goal is to create a strengthened healthcare system model in areas of conflict that can be applied in other contexts affected by complex, long-term conflicts.

The research will include:  Analyzing the current state of health education, filling gaps, and developing long-term strategy for health education, and discovering ways to integrate the current health workforce into the health system through the following:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate medical education for doctors, nurses, and other health workers, and will include curriculum development, partnership support, supporting nursing and vocational schools.
  • Master’s degrees from United Kingdom universities (at least 6)
  • Medical Policy Fellowships (15 total)
  • Trainings for trainers and teachers
  • A plan to develop research capabilities in the medical field: to be researched with SBOMS Syrian Board of Medical Specialties
  • Clinical and surgical training
  • An equipped training center for the directorate
  • Medical education platform in the Arabic language
  • Research papers, curricula, training bags, educational plans, courses and diplomas

Impact Story- Rafif

As Rafif was playing with her friends and climbing a tree, she fell and hurt her arm. Her parents rushed her to the UOSSM supported Jisr Al Shoghour Hospital. Her injury was severe and she needed surgery to insert a rod. The surgery was a success. Rafif continued follow up at the hospital.
Thanks to your support, we are happy to report that Rafif has made a full recovery and has returned to playing with her friends.
Together, we are saving lives and building hope.
Donate

Did you know?

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Mental health in Syria is something we care deeply about.

In 2020:

– UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

– UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– UOSSM provided protection services to over 55,000 people

– UOSSM provided over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused onwomen and children

– UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000 people

– UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

Copyright © *2021* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

March 2021 Newsletter
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UOSSM USA Launches Fundraising Campaign to Provide Food to Needy Syrian Families in Ramadan

Imagine if after a long day of fasting, you do not know if you will have food to break your fast on. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in northwest Syria experience this every single day. Please help us fight hunger, improve the health and well-being, and ease the suffering of those families. Innocent lives are depending on us. Please click here to support this initiative.

Triplets Delivered in UOSSM Supported Abeen Samaan Hospital

Triplets were delivered in UOSSM supported Abeen Samaan Hospital in the month of March. The mother, eight months pregnant, came to the hospital complaining of constant contractions. The babies, Abd Al Ilah, Zakaria, and Zaynab, two boys and one girl, were delivered. They have since been discharged and are now home and in good health.

UOSSM Implements Polio Campaign in Idlib Governorate

In response to the polio outbreak in northwest Syria, UOSSM, in collaboration with the Syria Immunization Group (SIG), and WHO and UNICEF, for technical support and supervision, will implement a polio campaign to achieve immunity among the resident and displaced children in the community against the Polio virus, types 1 and 3. The targeted age group of the campaign is children under the age of five, in all accessible areas in Idlib and surrounding areas in northwest Syria

UOSSM Signs Agreement with Gaziantep Health Directorate to Operate Mental Health Center In Al Bab, Syria

On March 29, UOSSM signed an agreement with the Gaziantep Health Directorate to begin operating a mental health center that includes a hospitalization unit in Al Bab in northwest Syria. The goal is to promote access to a complete package of mental health and psychosocial support services to treat acute mental disorders through the following:

  • Hospitalization unit for acute mental disorders.
  • Outpatient clinic that provides treatment intervention by MHGap psychiatrists for mild to moderate cases.
  • Individual interventions in accordance with individual mental health programs by the mental health team.
  • Mobile team targeting the community of Al Bab and surrounding areas.

UOSSM Turkey Distributes Over 5000 Winter Kits

Thanks to our supporters, UOSSM Turkey distributed winterization kits to over 5000 families in displacement camps in northwest Syria. The winterization kits included food baskets, tents, blankets and hygiene kits, with the goal of alleviating their suffering, fighting malnutrition and strengthening their immunity, and providing them with sanitary essentials, especially against COVID19. Thank you to all who supported this initiative. Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Impact Story- Omar

Five-year-old Omar lives in a home filled with mold which led him to develop asthma. Omar visited UOSSM’s Primary Health Care Center in Ariha with his mother for treatment and medication. Omar’s sister is also suffering from the disease. His mother says she had to take her daughter into intensive care more than once due to asthma attacks. Thousands of displaced people in northwest Syria live in poor living conditions that have negatively impacted their physical and psychological health. UOSSM continues to work to alleviate their suffering and pain.
Asthma continues to be one of the most common diseases among children that causes airways to narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus, making breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For some asthma is a minor nuisance but can be life-threatening for others. Thanks to you children like Omar are able to breathe and feel better.
Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Donate

Did you know?

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Mental Health in the Syrian crisis is something we care deeply about.

In 2020:

  • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey
  • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 582,000 people
  • UOSSM provided protection services to over 55,000 people
  • UOSSM provided over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000 people
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

Copyright © *2021* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

February 2021 Newsletter
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February 2021 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

UOSSM Activities

UOSSM Continues to Support Sarmada Mental Health Center Services

UOSSM continues to support the Sarmada Mental Health Center which includes the following services:

  • Acute Inpatient Care: This includes specialized psychiatric interventions, including full assessment, diagnosis, and prescription of the appropriate psychotropic medications.
  • Outpatient Unit: This includes focused, non-specialized interventions, based on MHGAP programs, in addition to referral of acute and serious cases, to the acute inpatient unit.
  • Mental Health Mobile Clinics: Provision of mental health care services via mobile clinics.
  • MHPSS Helpline Service: The help line project targets all Syrians in Northern Syria/Idlib governate who need a psychosocial support (PSS) consultation, especially those who do not have access to such services. Patients will have safe and secure access to mental health consultations with guaranteed confidentiality and privacy. The helpline will be available daily for 12 hours a day.

UOSSM Turkey Continues to Provide Mental Health Care and Physical Rehabilitation to Syrian Refugees

UOSSM Turkey continues to provide mental health care and psychosocial support services and physical rehabilitation to Syrian refugees, free of charge, in their native Arabic language. UOSSM Turkey has centers distributed throughout Turkey in Gaziantep, Reyhanli, Istanbul, Ankara, and Kilis.

UOSSM Provides Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Workers

UOSSM provided healthcare workers in healthcare facilities in northwest Syria with personal protective equipment (PPE). The PPE includes masks, goggles, gloves, hand sanitizer, plastic gowns, etc. In addition, UOSSM will support health facilities with IPC and waste management materials. This will help strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) measures.

UOSSM continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by taking the following measures:

  • Supporting primary health care centers (PHCs)
  • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
  • Sterilization of displacement camps
  • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
  • Distribution of nutritious food baskets
  • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
  • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

These measures will help reduce the spread of the coronavirus among healthcare workers and patients, especially the most vulnerable. Controlling the spread of COVID-19 will help save lives and enhance people’s health in northwest Syria.

UOSSM Supports Manual Vacuum Assisted Closure Negative Pressure Wound Therapy by Distributing Special Wound Dressing

UOSSM is supporting the manual vacuum assisted closure (VAC) negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), which is widely used in the treatment of wounds, by distributing special wound dressing. This treatment promotes shortened healing time, preventing infectious complications, including conflict-related wounds, with favorable patient outcomes.

Impact Story- Nour

Nour’s family is from Latakia. They are displaced and living in a displacement camp. After noticing that Nour had no appetite, her mother took her to the pediatric clinic in UOSSM’s Kharbat Al Joz Primary Health Care Center. After examination, the 24 month old was referred to the nutrition clinic. She was diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition.

Nour was entered into the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) program. The team members stressed to the family the importance of continuing with this program, following up with the nutrition technician, and following the nutritional advice to help Nour reach a healthy weight. We are happy to report that after only 1 1/2 months, Nour recovered from moderate acute malnutrition.

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Did you know?

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Mental Health in the Syrian crisis is something we care deeply about.

In 2019:

  • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
  • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
  • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
  • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000 people
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

Copyright © *2021* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

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UOSSM USA
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January 2021 Newsletter
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January 2021 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

UOSSM Activities

UOSSM Commemorates 9th Anniversary on January 7

As we commemorate our 9th anniversary since UOSSM was established we would like to thank you. Thank you for supporting us and trusting us. On behalf of our UOSSM family, staff and healthcare workers who put their lives on the line every single day, in support of those affected by the war in Syria, thank you. With your support, we will continue to support and provide healthcare and lifesaving support to the most vulnerable of communities. Together, we are saving lives and building hope

Please click here if you would like to support our work.

UOSSM Turkey Opens Special Needs Rehabilitation Center in Idlib

UOSSM Turkey opened a Special Needs Rehabilitation Center (SNR) in Idlib. The center began operating on February 1, 2021. The center will provide services to children with special needs, pervasive development disorders (such as Autism), mental retardation (such as Down Syndrome), language and speech disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and children with learning difficulties in schools. In addition, the center will provide training to parents and families on how to deal with children with special needs. The trainings are guided through individual and group awareness sessions

UOSSM Establishing Mental Health Inpatient Hospitalization Unit for Acute Cases in Al Bab in Northern Syria

UOSSM will establish a mental health inpatient hospitalization unit for acute cases in Al Bab area. The aim of this unit is to enhance access to comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support services for treating acute mental disorders.

The acute mental health unit will be the third one of its kind throughout northern Syria, along with two other acute mental health units in Sarmada, Idlib, and Azaz, Aleppo, with the capability of providing specialized mental health services, psychotropic medications with a comprehensive inpatient regimen according to WHO standards, along with necessary required medical care.

UOSSM Continues to Support Three Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Centers in Idlib

UOSSM will continue to support three mental health and psychosocial support centers in Idlib aiming to ensure the continuity and sustainability of integrated MHPSS services in the Harem area and Deir Hassan Displacement Camps in Idlib, and the Karama Displacement Camps in Al-Dana.

The MHPSS services are provided by doctors trained in the mhGAP program, psychosocial workers (PSW), and community health workers, to provide quality mental health diagnosis, management and treatment. In addition, MHPSS services will provide structured, quality mental health and psychosocial support by well-trained psychosocial workers, which will ensure the continuity of quality healthcare and psychosocial support in the field of mental healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UOSSM Supports Early Childhood Development Services Program in Northern Syria

UOSSM is supporting early childhood development (ECD) services that aim to integrate the ECD program into gender-based violence (GBV) activities ensuring young children have the opportunity to develop and learn through play-based activities.

This program ensures that both caregivers and children have access to health services, nutrition services and other services in the community by connecting them to service providers through a safe referral pathway. These services will be provided through the WGSS Center for Women and Girls, and the Men’s and Youth Center in Atma.

Impact Story- Basel

UOSSM’s community health team was making rounds in displacement camps in Idlib, Syria. When they met with the family of Basel they discovered a severely malnourished child that also suffered from iron deficiency. Basel did not begin eating solid foods until he was nine months old because he was suffering previously from colon infections. He was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition according to the measurement on the MUAC bracelet.

The baby was referred to the nutrition clinic in the Quorqania PHC where he is now being treated for malnutrition. The community health workers provided advice to his mother to continue nursing him and offering the baby a wide variety of nutritious foods to improve his health. Basel was provided with nutritious supplements and will continue treatment until he reaches a normal weight. Healthcare should not be a privelege…everyone should have the right to free, quality healthcare. UOSSM wants to ensure this by providing accessible, free quality healthcare, via medical centers and mobile clinics, to those who need it most. We will continue to achieve this thanks to your support!

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Did you know?

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Mental Health in the Syrian crisis is something we care deeply about.

In 2019:

  • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
  • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
  • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
  • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000 people
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

Copyright © *2021* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address

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UOSSM USA
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Elk River, MN 55330

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October 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

UOSSM USA Launches Winterization Campaign for Displaced Families in Northwest Syria

Winter is almost here, and for those living in displacement camps in northwest Syria, this is the beginning of a season filled with human suffering and misery from extreme cold and horrible living conditions. Tens of thousands of families are living in displacement camps with little to no access to the basic necessities needed to survive. Many do not even have tents. COVID-19 remains an immediate threat with no ability to social distance in crowded displacement camps, no access to clean water and soap, and weakened immunity due to limited access to food and medical care. These families will be living in the extreme cold with hardly any protection from the outside elements.

UOSSM USA is taking proactive measures to protect thousands of internally displaced families in camps this winter. We want to help distribute tents, warm blankets, hygiene kits, and nutritional food baskets to those who need it most. This initiative will help save their lives and alleviate their suffering. YOU CAN HELP! For $400 we can provide a family of 5 with 1 tent, blankets, and a 3 month’s supply of nutritious food and hygiene essentials, which is less than $5/day, every dollar helps. Our ultimate goal is to raise $400,000 to provide these winter kits to 1000 families. Please support our work and help us provide them with nutrition, shelter and warmth.

Please click here if you would like to support this campaign.

Dr. Khaula Sawah, President of UOSSM USA Speaks At University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Convocation

Dr. Khaula Sawah, president and co-founder of UOSSM USA spoke at a virtual convocation at her alma mater at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy where Dr. Sawah earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She spoke of the defining moments students will have during their time in college and the journey of her life. Dr. Sawah shared challenges and advice as a pharmacist and humanitarian, to the students.

Dr. Sawah continued with her speech shedding light on the Syrian crisis and the level of human suffering millions continue to experience for over 10 years, and her journey into becoming a humanitarian working to support the Syrian cause. Dr. Sawah said, ” Our lives are guided by what we believe in…guided by our principles. Regardless of your background and support system, if you fight for what you believe in it will drive you forward  no matter the condition, you will create that support system, regardless of your situation. This will allow you to continue your journey and chart your path to your future.”

UOSSM Provides the National Hospital in Idlib With New Oxygen Station in Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and to improve the flexibility and accessibility of health services to communities and individuals, UOSSM provided the National Hospital in northwest Syria with a new oxygen station. The capacity of the oxygen generator should be at least 40 m3 or equal to 150 cylinders (50L\100 bar) in 24 hours. In addition, UOSSM will rehabilitate and update 11 oxygen stations in 11 facilities. UOSSM continues to implement an emergency plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following measures:

  • Supporting primary health care centers (PHCs)
  • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
  • Sterilization of displacement camps
  • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
  • Distribution of nutritious food baskets
  • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
  • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

In addition, UOSSM continues to provide awareness and training on COVID-19 to medical and administrative personnel.

UOSSM Participates in Press Conference on the Spread of COVID-19 in Northwest Syria

On October 28, UOSSM, along with the Idlib Health Directorate, the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), and other local NGOs, participated in an urgent press conference. The press conference provided the latest numbers of confirmed cases, deaths, and other updates about the spread of COVID-19 in Idlib, and the response of humanitarian and medical organizations to the coronoavirus pandemic.

Impact Story- Mohammed Suffers From Cerebral Atrophy, But Now He Can Walk on His Own!

Mohammed is 6 years old and lives in the Kafr Daryan displacement camp along with his mother and grandfather in northwest Syria. His father has been missing for over 1 1/2 years. Mohammed has been suffering from cerebral atrophy since birth, making him unable to stand or walk. His family’s financial situation prevented him from getting any medical treatment in specialized centers. This made his situation worse. Mohammed’s mother heard about the physiotherapy center in UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center and took him there for an examination.

After many tests and thorough examination the specialists concluded that Mohammed is able to walk but never had the proper guidance or training to learn how since he did not have access to the appropriate medical care. UOSSM specialized therapists prepared a treatment plan for the young boy which began with intensive physiotherapy including balancing and eventually, walking. Mohammed initially had difficulty walking due to his fear of falling. Through perseverance and determination his fears slowly faded away and he was able to take his first steps.  After two months of intense therapy and specialized exercises, we are so happy to report that Mohammed can walk on his own without any fear and without any help, thanks to our supporters who helped make this happen!

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2019:

  • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
  • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
  • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
  • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000  people
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019
September 2020
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September 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

UOSSM USA Continues to Raise Funds to Build 2 ICUs in Yemen

There are over 14 million people in Yemen at risk of starvation and outbreaks of deadly diseases. Five years of conflict has led to widespread destruction of hospitals, healthcare facilities, water, and sanitation systems, and caused over 230,000 deaths, primarily due to lack of clean water, food, and healthcare services. The COVID-19 outbreak in Yemen, within the current alarming frail healthcare and infrastructure, will have a devastating impact on the lives of millions of people in Yemen. UOSSM USA wants to help save lives and support the Yemeni people by establishing two ICU centers to support nearby hospitals to be able to treat the people affected by COVID-19 in Sana’a and Aden. The ICU centers would help provide life-saving support to those who need it most.

Please click here if you would like to support this campaign.

First Doctor Dies From COVID-19 in Northern Syria

The area of northern Syria lost its first doctor to COVID-19 on September 10. Dr. Adnan Jasem, 58, was working in Al Bab Hospital where he contracted the virus. The virus progressed quickly and landed him in the ICU with a ventilator, as he lost his battle with the coronavirus. Dr. Jasem saved countless lives, risking his life in service of others, survived a bombing in his home and was forcibly displaced several times. He is survived by his wife and four children. Dr. Khaula Sawah, President of UOSSM USA said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Dr. Jasem, he risked his life every day trying to save others. He survived bombings and displacement but unfortunately was unable to survive the deadly coronavirus. We would like to extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to Dr. Jasem’s family. What a loss to the region.”

UOSSM Continues COVID-19 Response

UOSSM continues its proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of September 30, there were 1072 confirmed cases in Northwest Syria. UOSSM has been responding with the following measures:

  • Supporting primary health care centers (PHCs)
  • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
  • Sterilization of displacement camps
  • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
  • Distribution of nutrition and food baskets
  • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
  • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

In addition, UOSSM continues to provide awareness and training on COVID-19 to medical and administrative personnel.

UOSSM Distributes Medical Consumables in Syria

In response to the spread of the coronavirus and in support of medical facilities, UOSSM distributed medical consumables, medical supplies, lab supplies, and medicines to several healthcare centers in northwest Syria. This initiative was supported by the European Union.

UOSSM Supports the Central Referral System in Idlib

UOSSM is supporting the central referral system in northern Syria to achieve the highest level of medical response possible to those who need it. The referral system consists of 64 ambulances and 5 specialized transport vehicles for patients in need of kidney dialysis. The referral system has over 190 staff. The ambulances are distributed over 64 points in 3 different regions: Northern Region- 20 vehicles, Central Region-24 vehicles (Idlib and surrounding areas), and Western Region- 20 vehicles. UOSSM continues to provide medical care and medical services to as many areas of Syria as possible, to those who need it most.

Impact Story- Ibrahim Can Now Walk on His Own!

Ibrahim Alissa was born prematurely. His lack of oxygen caused him to develop cerebral palsy. He couldn’t crawl, stand, or walk on his own. His lower muscles were very stiff. He began visiting UOSSM’s Physiotherapy Center in Gaziantep at the age of 1.

A specialized physiotherapy treatment plan was developed for Ibrahim, with immediate and future goals in mind; to loosen his stiff muscles so he can move more easily, strengthening those muscles, so he could ultimately balance himself and walk on his own. Thanks to our supporters Ibrahim is walking on his own! Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Please click here to watch the video about Ibrahim.

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2019:

  • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
  • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
  • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
  • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000  people
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019
August 2020
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August 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

UOSSM USA Launches Campaign to Build 2 ICUs in Yemen

There are over 14 million people in Yemen at risk of starvation and outbreaks of deadly diseases. Five years of conflict has led to widespread destruction of hospitals, healthcare facilities, water, and sanitation systems, and caused over 230,000 deaths, primarily due to lack of clean water, food, and healthcare services. The COVID-19 outbreak in Yemen, within the current alarming frail healthcare and infrastructure, will have a devastating impact on the lives of millions of people in Yemen. UOSSM USA wants to help save lives and support the Yemeni people by establishing two ICU centers to support nearby hospitals to be able to treat the people affected by COVID-19 in Sana’a and Aden. The ICU centers would help provide life-saving support to those who need it most.

Please click here if you would like to support this campaign.

UOSSM Launches First Project for Isolation Centers in Northern Syria

UOSSM launched its first project for isolation centers in northern Syria. The project included training medical staff on handling suspected COVID-19 cases. The training was provided to staff in 13 medical facilities in the northern Syria region. UOSSM continues to implement an emergency plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following measures:

  • Supporting primary health care centers (PHCs)
  • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
  • Sterilization of displacement camps
  • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
  • Distribution of nutrition and food baskets
  • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
  • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

In addition, UOSSM continues to provide awareness and training on COVID-19 to medical and administrative personnel.

UOSSM Provides Mental Health Services to Underserved Areas on  Syria-Turkish Border

UOSSM launched a complete package of mental health and psychosocial support services to underserved areas on the Syrian-Turkish border. Services  include outpatient clinics for mental health consultations and the support of two mental health mobile clinics with the goal of reaching underserved communities with vital mental health services.

UOSSM Opens Kidney Dialysis Center in Tal Abyad

UOSSM, in partnership with the Orfa Health Directorate in Turkey, opened a kidney dialysis center in the National Hospital in Tal Abyad. It is the only center of its kind in the area and provides free kidney dialysis services to patients that suffer from kidney disease.

Impact Story- Baraa is Now a Confident, Happy Child!

Baraa had difficulty enunciating words due to a congenital malformation. Because of this, she had low self esteem and self confidence. She visited the UOSSM Mental Health Clinic in Maarat Masreen’s Primary Health Care Center. Her visit showed she had low self-esteem. She was embarrassed to speak in front of her classmates and afraid of being made fun of, because of how she pronounces words. As a result, she would avoid playing or speaking with friends.

A specialized treatment plan was developed for Baraa, which included daily pronunciation sessions at home led by the child’s family, and a weekly visit to the clinic. Our team also met with Baraa’s teacher to coordinate with her to raise Baraa’s self-confidence by encouraging her to participate in class activities. Baraa’s treatment ended once she was able to pronounce the letters she struggled with, regain her self-confidence and be able to participate in all of her class activities without fear of being judged. Thanks to your support Baraa is now a happy and confident child. Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2019:

  • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
  • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
  • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
  • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000  people
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019
July 2020
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July 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

First Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Northern Syria

On July 9, the Idlib Health Directorate announced the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Northern Syria. The Health Directorate provided updates and information on prevention methods to provide protection against the corona-virus.

Please click here to watch how UOSSM is responding.

UOSSM Distributes Over 50,000 N95 Masks to Medical Staff in Northern Syria; Continues with COVID-19 Response

UOSSM distributed over 50,000 N95 masks to more than 29 hospitals and health care centers in response to COVID-19 in northern Syria. UOSSM continues to implement an emergency plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following measures:

  • Supporting primary health care centers (PHC’s)
  • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
  • Sterilization of displacement camps
  • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
  • Distribution of nutrition and food baskets
  • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
  • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

In addition, UOSSM continues to provide awareness and training on COVID-19 to medical and administrative personnel.

First UOSSM Parenting Skills Class Graduates

On July 8, the first class graduated from UOSSM’s Parenting Skills Course, which is part of UOSSM’s Protection Program. The course aims to provide families with parenting skills for children, and to teach parents how to cope with children’s issues in an understanding and compassionate way, using positive reinforcement. The course also aims to teach parents about childhood brain development, and how parents can teach children to cope with mental stress. UOSSM’s Protection Program provides services in Dayr Hesan and surrounding displacement camps.

Impact Story- Emad Recovers From Severe Malnutrition

8 month old Emad suffers from malnutrition. He has been living on only synthetic milk since he was born. His family took him to the UOSSM Nutrition Clinic in Maarat Masreen for nutrition care services. He weighed 12.5 pounds and had a circumference of 105 mm on the MUAC (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference) Band, categorized as severely malnourished. After his second visit, he gained a little over one pound at 13.67 pounds and his MUAC measurement went to 114. UOSSM will continue to care for the baby until he is completely better and at a healthy weight. The center provides free nutrition services to those who need it.

Because of your caring support Emad and children like him will receive the nutrition services and other medical services that are desperately needed. Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2018:

  • UOSSM provided almost 2.5 million medical services
  • UOSSM supported 14 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • UOSSM provided over 162,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

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