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March 2022 Newsletter
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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.

  • $110 can provide a family of five with dinner (fatour) essentials for one month in Jordan
  • $70 can provide breakfast (suhoor) essentials for a family of five for one month in Jordan
  • $55 can provide breakfast and dinner (suhoor and fatour) essentials to a family of five for one month in Syria.

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.

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How YOU can help!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

  • Follow us and share and like our posts on social media! (Links located below)
  • Come volunteer with us!  This is a fantastic opportunity to give back and gain work experience in the humanitarian sector. If you would like to share your talent with us – virtually – for the benefit of those who are less fortunate, please contact us at connect@uossm.us.
  • Become an Ambassador! If you are ready to become an active member and help us spread the word about UOSSM USA, then this is for you!
  • Host a Fundraising Event to help support our work, helping those in need with humanitarian aid and medical services.
  • Pledge your Birthday on Facebook!Create a fundraiser for UOSSM USA through Facebook. Click here for instructions!
  • Amplify your Gift with AmazonSmileSimply shop at smile.amazon.com and select UOSSM USA to support!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

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 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

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 © *2022* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

February 2022 Newsletter
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After Years of War Syrian Doctors Lead Medical Mission in Ukraine

Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM and UOSSM USA, is leading a medical mission in Ukraine to provide medical and humanitarian relief to those affected by the war. UOSSM has gained invaluable expertise due to its role in the Syrian crisis since 2012 and will leverage this to provide the people of Ukraine with medical relief, support, and training in response methods.

The medical mission team visited with officials, leaders, and agencies on the ground to assess the situation for gaps/shortages in medicines, medical supplies, training needs (such as treating war wounds) and other humanitarian shortages.

UOSSM has already opened a field office which is operating a humanitarian relief station in Lviv for food and necessities as well as a medical point in Lutsk. UOSSM is also working to set up a field medical facility in Kiev. Dr. Monzer Yazji, a Syrian American doctor who has also been on the ground in Syria several times over the past 11 years has been triaging and providing medical relief and care to around 300 wounded or sick patients, stabilizing them, and providing medications at the urgent care clinic in Lutsk.

Dr. Yazji stated, “I have been watching the crisis of Ukraine from day one. History is repeating itself as I am seeing similar attacks and suffering that our people went through. I couldn’t sit back and watch the suffering of the Ukrainian people when we have learned so much from our work in Syria. I felt the duty to share our experience and help alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people. This is why we are starting our medical mission in Ukraine. This is our vision, mission and promise, to help everyone suffering in the world.”

If you would like to support our work in Ukraine, please click here.

Helping Abd Al Rahman Walk Again After Debilitating Injury 

15 year old Abd Al Rahman Alahmad exclaimed, “I can’t feel my feet dad!” when he came out of a coma and found both of his feet in casts.

Abd Al Rahman had been filling the water tanks on his home’s rooftop when he fell from nearly 23 feet high. He was immediately taken to the hospital for emergency care.

Once his condition was stabilized, Abd Al Rahman was discharged from the hospital. He was then admitted to the Bab Al Hawa Rehabilitation Center for physiotherapy to help strengthen his left foot after developing foot drop resulting from his fractures.

The physiotherapy team welcomed Abd Al Rahman and gave his family hope that he would make a full recovery. After several physical therapy sessions, he began to move his injured foot. As Abd Al Rahman improved, so did his entire family’s mental health, since they had been left feeling helpless watching their son suffer for months on end.

Abd Al Rahman is now slowly returning to walking and will continue to follow up with our team until he makes a full recovery.

Thanks to your support, we have given the promise of a new day to countless patients and their families! Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Continuing Mental Health Services in Northern Aleppo 

There continues to be gap in healthcare access for northern Syrians. UOSSM is working to address this gap by providing mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS) at the Al Bab Mental Health Hospital in northern Aleppo.

This hospital provides care for advanced cases of mental health disorders and patients who are considered a danger to themselves and also provides other complementary psychosocial (PSS) services and activities.

In addition to providing multidisciplinary mental health services through the outpatient unit, Mental Health Gap Action Programs (MhGAP) services, and other complementary non-specialized MHPSS are provided to patients under the supervision of a psychiatrist, MhGap, and other mental health and psychosocial support professionals.

 

 

Strengthening Capacity of Reproductive Health Services in Northern Syria 

UOSSM is contributing to the capacity-building of reproductive health services in northern Syria by providing special training in coordination with the UNFPA and other medical organizations. Strengthening the medical sector in northern Syria will help reduce disease and death rates among pregnant women and newborns.

The specialty training includes family planning, clinical management of rape survivors,  and reproductive health protocols. It  targets 76 trainees (midwives) from 18 medical organizations across 3 training centers: Azaz, Idlib, and Sarmada.

The family planning and clinical management trainings for rape survivors were completed in February. The remaining training sessions are expected to be completed by mid-March.

 

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How YOU can help!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

  • Follow us and share and like our posts on social media! (Links located below)
  • Come volunteer with us!  This is a fantastic opportunity to give back and gain work experience in the humanitarian sector. If you would like to share your talent with us – virtually – for the benefit of those who are less fortunate, please contact us at connect@uossm.us.
  • Become an Ambassador!
    If you are ready to become an active member and help us spread the word about UOSSM USA, then this is for you!
  • Host a Fundraising Event to help support our work, helping those in need with humanitarian aid and medical services.
  • Pledge your Birthday on Facebook!
    Create a fundraiser for UOSSM USA through Facebook. Click here for instructions!
  • Amplify your Gift with AmazonSmile
    Simply shop at smile.amazon.com and select UOSSM USA to support!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

primary health care services to over 582,000 people

protection services to over 55,000 people

nutrition services focused on women and children to over 281,000 beneficiaries

care to over 34,000 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

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 © *2022* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

January 2022 Newsletter
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Your Support Helped Save We’am’s Life!

One minute, We’am was a healthy 3-year old girl – the next minute she could not breathe and became blue in the face. The little girl could not get enough oxygen and was in critical condition! She was rushed to the pediatric intensive care unit at Abeen Samaan Hospital where she was admitted. The medical staff administered lifesaving medical treatment including oxygen and placed her on a nebulizer to help her breathe. The next few hours were critical, but the medical team did not give up. After what seemed like an eternity to her parents, We’am finally began improving. She was released after four days and made a full recovery. We’am is followed up on a regular basis to make sure that she has no relapses and that her health continues to improve.

YOUR support gives countless children like We’am access to lifesaving medical care.

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Commemorating 10 Years of Service to the Syrian People

On January 7, 2022, UOSSM commemorated 10 years of service to the Syrian people, crossing the most impossible obstacles, in the most difficult of circumstances – surviving airstrikes and bombings while also losing some colleagues along the way.

It has been a long and painful path as we mark the 10th anniversary of service to the Syrian people living in the most dire circumstances. From bloodshed and injuries to malnutrition and medical needs, we have been there together, supporting our fellow Syrians, showing them that we care. We would like to thank all the selfless heroes that contributed and joined us on this path to help alleviate the unimaginable suffering of those affected by the Syrian war. Thank you to our donors and partners for your trust and support. We thank you for enabling us to continue saving lives together and building hope.

As we embark on our next 10 years of service, we will continue on this path of sacrifice and giving to provide services to those in need, ensuring that they are delivered with the utmost dignity and respect. Our commitment to provide the best quality medical care, emergency humanitarian relief and support to those affected by the Syrian crisis endures.

Click here to watch our video!

Helping Displaced Families this Winter

The winter season continues to bring harsh conditions to the millions of displaced Syrians living in displacement and refugee camps. A major winter storm system dumped several inches of snow on their fragile tents, causing them to collapse in the middle of the night and leaving many families homeless yet again. Although tents are meant to be temporary shelter, many of these families have been living in these dire conditions for 10 years. Watch this video to see how they suffered from that the recent winter storm.

But YOU can still help. With YOUR support, we can distribute even more winterization kits which include tents, blankets, food essentials and hygiene kits to displaced families in Syria and Jordan. Click here if you would like to support these families this winter!

Together, we can help alleviate their suffering.

 Continuing to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

UOSSM continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting three COVID Community Treatment Centers (CCTCs) in northwest Syria – in the areas of Sarmada, Dana, and Armanaz.

The centers will provide services for treating mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 and aim to address the gap in response in northwest Syria (Idlib Governorate/Harem). The CCTCs will help reduce morbidity and mortality rates among internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities. The primary focus of these centers are the most vulnerable groups in conflict-affected areas.

Sustaining Services of Expanded Immunization Program

The Syria Immunization Group (SIG), in close cooperation with the WHO, UNICEF, other NGOs/INGOs and actors in northern Syria, is planning to sustain services of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in northern Syria. EPI was stopped for five years from 2012-2016, due to the war but then relaunched in 2017.

The routine immunization program targets children under the age of one with the following antigens: BCG, Hep B 0, OPV, IPV, Penta, MMR, and school-age children (first and sixth grades), and females of childbearing age (age 15-49), especially pregnant women, with the Td vaccine. In this context, UOSSM aims to maintain collaboration with the WHO to be responsible for the financial management of this project.

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How YOU can help!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

  • Follow us and share and like our posts on social media! Facebook – Twitter – Instagram
  • Come volunteer with us!  This is a fantastic opportunity to give back and gain work experience in the humanitarian sector. If you would like to share your talent with us – virtually – for the benefit of those who are less fortunate, please contact us at connect@uossm.us.
  • Become an Ambassador!
    If you are ready to become an active member and help us spread the word about UOSSM USA, then this is for you!
  • Host a Fundraising Event to help support our work, helping those in need with humanitarian aid and medical services.
  • Pledge your Birthday on Facebook!
    Create a fundraiser for UOSSM USA through Facebook. Click here for instructions!
  • Amplify your Gift with AmazonSmile
    Simply shop at smile.amazon.com and select UOSSM USA to support!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

primary health care services to over 582,000 people

protection services to over 55,000 people

nutrition services focused on women and children to over 281,000 beneficiaries

care to over 34,000 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

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 © *2022* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

December 2021 Newsletter
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You Can Help Rebuild a Family Connection!

Many Syrian children lost any semblance of a childhood as a result of the Syrian crisis. Young boys pulled out of school to help provide for their families, while young girls were forced into marriage to lessen the burden on their families.

Amal is one such child. She was forced to get married at the age of 14 to ease her family’s burden. But, still a child herself, Amal was unable to handle the responsibilities that came along with marriage especially, that of becoming a young mother. Just a few months into her pregnancy, Amal’s husband passed away. She was left with the burden of raising a child on her own.

Amal would cry when her baby son would cry, and she would often leave him crying in her tent in hopes he would get tired and fall asleep. Sadly, all of this had a negative impact on her son.

When Amal’s son began wetting his bed at night and displayed symptoms of anxiety, she decided to get help. Amal heard about UOSSM’s Ahlan Sesame project and decided to attend support sessions. After a few sessions, Amal began to understand the importance of the first few years of a child’s life and how it can have an effect on the child’s ability to show affection. By allowing her child to play and have fun, Amal was now helping him develop in a variety of ways – emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically. This helped her foster a broken connection between her and her child, reducing his anxiety and improving their overall relationship.

There are many other families – like Amal’s – who have been negatively affected by the Syrian war. Through YOUR gift, we can help bring stability to innocent children, enhance their mental and physical well-being, and improve the family’s overall connection despite the traumas they have faced.

Together, we truly are saving lives and building hope.

Helping Displaced Families this Winter

The winter season has been harsh on the millions of displaced Syrians who are living in displacement and refugee camps. As they battle the forces of Mother Nature, they are huddled up in their fragile, make-shift tents, trying to find warmth. As the cases of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the positivity rate in the camps has risen to a 55%. With the mounting hunger and exhaustion, there is an overwhelming need to protect these Syrian families (75% of whom are women and children) from the ravages of the cold, wet winter. 

But YOU can still help. With YOUR support, we can distribute even more winterization kits which include tents, blankets, food essentials and hygiene kits to displaced families in Syria and Jordan. Click here if you would like to support these families this winter!

Together, we can help alleviate their suffering.

 First Electric Vehicle for Health System in Syria 

UOSSM rolled out its first electric vehicle in northern Syria. The vehicle will be used primarily for health services including patient transport and vaccine transport between storage facilities and primary healthcare facilities.

The 100% electric vehicle (EV) uses a lithium battery charged at health facilities powered by solar energy. The EV is expected to result in significant savings in the long term by reducing reliance on fuel, making the health system more strengthened and localized.

The deployment of the electric vehicle is part of a broader project called the Health Integrated Resilience System (HIRS), and an extension of the “Syria Solar Initiative (SSI)” pioneered by UOSSM’s technical team focused on health system resilience. This pilot project is funded by Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge (HGC). The HIRS project aims to combine electric mobility, solar power, and telemedicine to increase cross-dimensional resilience for the health system and to deliver critical services in the most challenging war zones.

Currently, UOSSM technical teams are evaluating this project. It is anticipated that the EV may transform future operations of health services in areas of crisis and war throughout the world – especially in light of the urgency to meet the climate goals for deep decarbonization.

 

Providing Training through Al Hikma Hospital

The Syrian Board of Medical Specialties (SBOMS) formally announced the use of Al Hikma Hospital as a training center. Supported by UOSSM, this hospital will be used to provide training for treating diseases of the eye and eye surgery for resident doctors in northern Syria.

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How YOU can help!

  • Follow us and share and like our posts on social media! (Links located below)
  • Come volunteer with us! (this would be virtual of course)This is a fantastic opportunity to give back and gain work experience in the humanitarian sector. If you would like to share your talent with us for the benefit of those who are less fortunate, please contact us at connect@uossm.us.
  • Become an Ambassador! If you are ready to become an active member and help us spread the word about UOSSM USA, then this is for you!
  • Host a Fundraising Event to help support our work, helping those in need with humanitarian aid and medical services.
  • Pledge your Birthday on Facebook!Create a fundraiser for UOSSM USA through Facebook. Click here for instructions!
  • Amplify your Gift with AmazonSmileSimply shop at smile.amazon.com and select UOSSM USA to support!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

primary health care services to over 582,000 people

protection services to over 55,000 people

nutrition services focused on women and children to over 281,000 beneficiaries

care to over 34,000 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

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 © *2022* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

November 2021 Newsletter
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Your Gift Helps Put Smiles on Their Faces

​Young Asaad ​had a rather bad fall and ​considered himself lucky not to have broken any bones. He did ​end up with a cracked tooth which interfered with his ability to eat or even drink from a glass for fear that it would chip even more. Assad was taken to the UOSSM Maarat Masreen Primary Health Care Center with hopes of saving the broken tooth.
​There, he met Dr. Ayman, a dentist who repaired his broken tooth. Now Asaad is able to smile ​again with confidence.
​Thanks to supporters ​like you, we are helping​ children like Asaad find a reason to smile each and every day.
Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Helping Displaced Families this Winter

Winter is upon us, ushering in a season of even harsher conditions for millions (and counting) of displaced Syrians and refugees in Jordan. These Syrian families, huddled up in their fragile, make-shift tents, are now battling the forces of Mother Nature in addition to that of the global pandemic. Sadly, COVID-19 cases in the camps have risen to a 55% positivity rate. As the hunger and exhaustion mounts, there is an overwhelming need to protect these Syrian families (75% of whom are women and children) from the ravages of the cold, wet winter. 

We are distributing winterization kits which include tents, blankets, food essentials and hygiene kits to displaced families in Syria and Jordan. Click here if you would like to support these families this winter!

Together, we can help alleviate their suffering.

 Growing Need for Tele-Mental Health Services

The COVID-19 pandemic ​highlighted the growing need for telemedicine services, particularly those of tele-mental health.

In the past year alone, ​a medical team of 4 mental health workers led by a psychiatrist, provided more than 1​,025 tele-mental health sessions to over 310 patients ​in northern Syria.

Tele-health services are vital to help patients in hard-to-reach areas, or who are unable to reach medical services, receive the care they need. With your support, UOSSM aims to ensure that everyone has access to those medical services.

Expanded Program on Immunization in Northern Syria – UPDATE

The Syria Immunization Group (SIG), in close cooperation with WHO, UNICEF, and other NGOs on the ground in northern Syria, plan to sustain services of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI). This program was halted for five years between 2012-2016 due to the war and was launched again in 2017.

The routine immunization program targets children under the age of one with the following antigens: BCG, Hep B 0, OPV, IPV, Penta, and MMR, school age children (first through sixth grade), females in childbearing age (CBA) (15-49) with the TD vaccine, especially for pregnant women.

UOSSM aims to maintain this collaboration with WHO to help with the costs of covering the routine immunization program ​(in 4 centers​) and waste management (for all 93 vaccination centers).

 Ending Violence Against Women 

1 in 3 women is exposed to violence at least once in their lifetimes. During times of crisis such as, war, displacement, and even the COVID-19 pandemic, those numbers rise even more.

On November 25th through December 10th, the UOSSM protection team ran a campaign to end the violence against women and girls with the slogan “We Must Put an End to Violence Against Women Now!”

The UOSSM protection team ​​collaborated with the WGSS Center in Dayr Hassan to promote this campaign and raise awareness. Topics focused on social violence such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, social stigma, and ​childhood marriage. In addition, accomplishments, and success stories, from women that escaped violence were shared.

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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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

primary health care services to over 582,000 people

protection services to over 55,000 people

nutrition services focused on women and children to over 281,000 beneficiaries

care to over 34,000 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

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.

October 2021 Newsletter
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Your Gift is Helping Displaced Families Cope with Stressful Situations

In 2018, Bilal and his family were forced to flee their home, leaving behind their small village in the countryside of Idlib. By the time they arrived at the Dayr Hassan displacement camp, 6-year-old Bilal began acting out. He would get bored quickly and became aggressive, often hitting his siblings. This would cause stress for Bilal’s mother who was left to care for him alone while her husband was away at work, trying to provide for the family. Desperate for help, Bilal’s mother took her son to the Welcome Sesame center in Dayr Hassan so their home life would not spiral out of control. 

During the course of six therapy sessions, Bial’s mother was given strategies for coping with stress as well as several techniques for handling Bilal’s outbursts. She was encouraged to focus more on his positive behavior rather than the negative. 

In the first session, Bilal would constantly interrupt the facilitator because he did not like the activities. But through positive reinforcement and encouragement, Bilal began to follow instructions and successfully complete tasks during the sessions. Before, Bilal would complain that his friends did not like to play with him and called him a troublemaker. But after the sessions, his friends started to play with him. This made Bilal so happy! 

Bilal’s mother also noticed major improvements as he became calmer and patient, no longer stressing her out. 

For many displaced families, the uncertainty of their “new” situation can be incredibly stressful not only for the adults but also for the children. These sessions are helping families and their children.Through your generous contribution to support programs such as Welcome Sesame, you can help young children just like Bilal to cope and heal so that they can later thrive! 

First Telemedicine Consultations Begin in Northwest Syria

On October 20th, the first pediatric telemedicine consultations began in the Al-Ekhaa Hospital in northwest Syria, in partnership with Syrian Expatriates Medical Association (SEMA). 19 doctors are expected to volunteer and use the HIRS Telemedicine Platform.

Supported by the Humanitarian Grand Challenges Organization, this initiative will reduce caseloads, and increase shared expertise among program users in an effort to help save lives.

This program will be implemented in three different types of medical centers in northwest Syria: mental health, pediatrics, and critical care.

To learn more about the telemedicine program please visit: https://www.hirs-tm.org/

VAC (Pragma VAC) Dressing Distributed in Northwest Syria

Pragma VAC wound dressing is a low cost, simple way to treat wounded patients who are unable to reach health services due to the humanitarian crisis.

Since 2011, this dressing has helped save many lives, allowing those who are injured to dress their own wounds, even in hard-to-reach areas. The standard of care for such cases is usually Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) but due to its high cost and limited access in poor and vulnerable areas, this manual NPWT device is a great low-cost alternative that helps those wounded treat their injuries in their home. However, this dressing is not intended for non-traumatic open wounds resulting from chronic diseases.

 UOSSM Celebrates World Mental Health Day

On October 10th, the mental health support team in Bahoori Center, in collaboration with Shafaq Organization, celebrated World Mental Health Day by providing fun activities for children and adolescents. They also watched a play that explored COVID-19 and the psychological stress it is imposing on people.

 UOSSM Participates in Health Information System Workshop 

A workshop was offered on October 21-22 in partnership with HIS (Health Information System). Several nonprofit organizations operating in the health sector participated in the workshop including, the World Health Organization (WHO).

The workshop shared accomplishments by HIS in previous years establishing a unified electronic database to gather routine medical data including deaths and illnesses reported by medical facilities in northwest Syria.

The data was then analyzed to show healthcare gaps according to WHO standards. The workshop also focused on strengthening coordination efforts and exploring challenges and solutions for implementing this system as well as potential tools and research to help further develop and advance this project.

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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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

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

– primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– protection services to over 55,000 people

– nutrition services focused on women and children to over 281,000 beneficiaries

– care to over 34,000 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

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.

September 2021 Newsletter
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Walking on Sunshine

Mariam was only 10 years old when she got sick and lost the ability to walk. She ​wasn’t able to bend her elbows or arms ​and couldn’t even eat on her own, so she was completely dependent on others. Although she had limited knee movement, Mariam would place pieces of iron on her knees to help her move around.

For the next 14 years, doctors told Mariam she wasn’t able to have surgery to repair her condition. But that all changed when Mariam, at the age of 24​,consulted with Dr. Muhammad Al Omar, an orthopedic surgeon. He advised Mariam to undergo surgery followed by extensive physiotherapy. After several months of therapy, Mariam slowly regained movement in her legs and left arm. She was finally able to take her first steps in an upright position, and even go up and down the stairs on her own.

Thanks to YOUR gift, Mariam ​is now ​all smile​s – proud of her progress and excited that she can walk once again!

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Agreement Signed to Implement Telemedicine Program in Northern Syria

Due to the shortage of doctors and medical staff in northwest Syria, the medical sector had to come up with innovative ways to meet the gap.

On September 3, 2021, UOSSM signed an agreement with SEMA and Hand in Hand for aid and development (HIHFAD) to implement a telemedicine program. As part of the Health Integrated Resilience System (HIRS), this program enables patients to receive specialized medical care remotely and includes medical services such as consultations, basic care, and follow up. Specialty doctors offering care through the telemedicine program include psychological, pediatric, and intensive care.

Supported by the Humanitarian Grand Challenge​, this is the first beta program of its kind in northwest Syria.

Ongoing Psychological Support Through UOSSM Helpline in Northwest Syria

In response to the alarming escalation of COVID-19 cases in northwest Syria, UOSSM continues to provide psychological support through its helpline.

Led by a psychiatrist, a team of 4 psychosocial support workers (PSWs) provide teleservices consultations to callers from Turkey and the Euphrates region (to include the districts of Al Bab, Jarablus, and Afrin). This project is made possible thanks to the support of WHO.

 Polio Vaccination Campaigns Continue in Northern Syria

In response to a polio outbreak in northern Syria dating back to 2014, UOSSM has been conducting polio vaccine campaigns each year. However, to maintain the achieved immunity level in children, and raise immunity among adults and internally displaced persons (IDPs) it is critical to relaunch these campaigns against the polio virus (types 1 and 3).

In collaboration with Syria Immunization Group (SIG), and the technical support and supervision of WHO and UNICEF, UOSSM plans to implement the latest polio vaccination campaign in northwest Syria targeting children under the age of five.

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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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

primary health care services to over 582,000 people

protection services to over 55,000 people

over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on women and children

care to over 34,000 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

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.

August 2021 Newsletter
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Your Gift at Work: Mustafa Takes His First Steps- On the Road to Recovery

Mustafa was in a horrific car accident. He almost succumbed to his injuries, but fell into a coma. For three months, Mustafa’s family never left his side, fearful that he would never wake up. When he finally came out of his coma, Mustafa was left with serious medical problems. He was bedridden, unable to stand or walk on his own. Devastated, his parents searched for help for their son until they found the physiotherapy center at UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center. There they found a caring physical therapist who worked with Mustafa until he finally took his first steps…on his own!
Thanks to your support, Mustafa and others like him can find the hope they are looking for to live a healthy life – full of possibilities!
Together, we are truly saving lives and building hope.

Watch the video here to witness Mustafa’s inspiring road to recovery.

UOSSM USA Partners with Hathi Hayati to Support New Village in NW Syria

UOSSM USA is partnering with Hathi Hayati to support the process of establishment of a new village, Al Hayat Village, in northwest Syria.

Al Hayath Village will become the new home for 200 Syrian displaced families ( originating from Ghouta, Homs, Daraa, Idlib, Aleppo, and other areas). The community will also include widows with children, special needs cases, and amputees. In addition, skills-based professionals (such as educators, docctors, nurses, and others) will mover there to ensure that the community thrives! The village will also have a mosque, school for all grade levels, medical point, solar powered electricity, and a clean water tank. 

The first phase is complete with 200 new homes (for up to 1000 people) built, as well as the school’s first floor for elementary students, and the medical point which is fully operational. Plans are underway to expand the medical point and the school’s second and third floors for the middle and high schools, respectively. In addition, the electricity (via solar power) and water supplies will be established and delivered to all homes in the near future.

You can click here to learn more about this initiative.

Providing Access to Mental Health Services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM is now operating two mental health mobile clinics, supported by WHO, in northwest Syria. The mobile clinics provide internally displaced families in displacement camps (i.e. Afreen) with access to mental health care and psychosocial support services, as well as referrals of severe cases to the UOSSM Mental Health Hospital in Sarmada.

UOSSM Hosts an Event to Launch its Health Strengthening Research Project

On August 24th, UOSSM hosted an event in Gaziantep, Turkey to launch the R4HSSS Project: “Health System Strengthening in North West Syria”. The event was attended by partners, donors, humanitarian organizations, and representatives of the Idlib Health Directorate and the Turkish health Institutions.

Working in partnership with King’s College London, the 4-year RH4SSS project is one of the main research projects in Idlib. Its activities will be targeted toward humanitarian work and development in northern Syria that aim to close gaps in access, establish best practices, and find long-term solutions for problems that plague the local health system. The project work streams focus on health governance, health information system, provision of health services, and medical education and professional training.

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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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

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

– primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– protection services to over 55,000 people

– over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on women and children

– care to over 34,000 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

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.

July 2021 Newsletter
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Your Gift’s Impact- Fatima’s Road to Recovery

When she was just 10 years old, Fatima was in a horrible accident when her hair got caught in the belt of an electric generator, ripping off her entire scalp from her skull. This caused the young girl excruciating pain and unbelievable distress. Fatima was taken to UOSSM supported Aqrabat Hospital where doctors were able to treat her emergently, thanks to the support of donors like you. The road to recovery has been long and painstaking for both Fatima and her doctors. Soon, Fatima will be entering the third phase of her treatment, which will use new techniques to cover her skull and tissue with special grafts. Fatima’s doctors are optimistic that she will achieve excellent results.

You can click here to watch a video about Fatima’s injury and recovery process.

Thanks to your support, Fatima and children like her will now have the chance of a normal life, with dignity.

Only by working together, can we save lives and build hope.

UOSSM USA Provides 3 Infant Incubators to Hospital in Yemen

Thanks to our generous supporters, UOSSM USA provided three infant incubators to the Safe Motherhood Specialized Hospital (SMSH) of the Yemen Family Care Association (YFCA) in Sanaa City in Yemen. The incubators were delivered in May.

There is currently a high death rate among premature babies in Yemen. These incubators will help mitigate this alarming trend and give premature babies a fighting chance of survival.

Together, we are saving lives and building hope for the families of premature babies in the Sanaa City community in Yemen.

UOSSM USA Distributes Adhiya Meat to Needy Families in Syria and Jordan

UOSSM, through the UOSSM USA office in Jordan, distributed Adhiya meat to displaced families in southern Syria (Rukban Camp) and to needy refugee families in Jordan. By providing essential food elements, we are helping to alleviate the suffering of  needy and displaced families, improve their health, and strengthen their immunity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

UOSSM Operates Mental Health Center with Acute Inpatient Unit in Azaz

There is an increased need for specialized mental health services throughout northern Syria. In response, UOSSM has partnered with WHO to operate a mental health center with an acute inpatient unit in Azaz that provides access to hospital services for patients with acute and chronic mental health disorders. UOSSM has established a holistic approach to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) by combining MHPSS centers and community-based services that include three different components covering different intervention levels which are: inpatient units, outpatient units and mobile teams.

UOSSM aims to sustain the MHPSS project over the next three months with hopes of receiving a 12-month extension with another partner.

UOSSM Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Aleppo Medical University

On July 4, 2021 UOSSM signed a memorandum of understanding with the Aleppo Medical University to establish coordinated efforts to train medical students in the Mental Health Unit in Al Bab. This step is part of the qualifying and training plan to build the capacity of medical workers in northern Syria, who will then provide quality healthcare throughout the community.

 

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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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

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

– primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– protection services to over 55,000 people

– over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on women and children

– care to over 34,000 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

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.

Mal Al Sham receives nutrition services for malnutrition at UOSSM center.
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UOSSM USA Continues Fundraising Campaign to Support Hospitals in Gaza

The recent airstrikes in Gaza have wreaked significant damage upon local hospitals and clinics. These facilities – already struggling under the surge of COVID-19 cases – must now deal with the fallout of these attacks that resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties– including 105 Palestinian women and children, and 2 physicians.

Many ambulances were ruined in the crossfire, preventing the critical transportation of patients in their time of greatest need. Basic medicine and supplies were also destroyed, leaving many victims without lifesaving treatment.

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 Launches Project to Strengthen Referral System and Referral Data Management Unit in Northern Syria

UOSSM launched a new project aiming to strengthen the Referral System and Referral Data Management Unit (RDMU), especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.The primary objective of the project is to maintain the functionality of the referral system by providing fuel to 60 ambulances within the central referral system in northern Syria. The project will help strengthen the Referral Data Management Unit (RDMU), which is one of the main units in the Health Information System (HIS), to ensure the sustainability and quality of health services.

In addition, the project will operate four vehicles to transport patients in need of non-emergency medical consultations or patients who have been referred between healthcare facilities across different healthcare levels for further medical examinations or treatment.

UOSSM Delegates Visit Gaziantep Governor in Turkey

Representatives of the UOSSM office in Turkey visited the governor of Gaziantep, Mr. Rızvan EROĞLU, and presented a glimpse of services provided by UOSSM inside Syria and in areas under Turkish administration.

In addition, they discussed the potential risks of not renewing the decision to enter aid across the border, and the need to coordinate with all parties to facilitate work.

UOSSM Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Idlib Health Directorate

UOSSM signed a general memorandum of understanding with the Idlib Health Directorate to coordinate with UOSSM supported healthcare facilities, and to define roles and responsibilities which will help ensure the best quality provision of healthcare to families in northwest Syria.

UOSSM Supports Advanced Secondary Healthcare 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- Mal Al Sham

When Mal Al-Sham was only four months old, she was suffering from severe malnutrition, she was weak and did not have the energy a young baby at that age usually has. She was hospitalized and provided with treatment and advice on how to improve her health status.
Three months later, Mal Al-Sham’s mother was still concerned with her baby’s health and took her to the UOSSM Areeha Primary Health Care Center. After tests, screenings, and evaluation it was found that she was still suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.
Her doctor put her on a treatment plan with the nutrition clinic, and she was provided with nutritional supplements, along with educational materials about the importance of breastfeeding, and introducing nutritious food to babies. Her caregivers also worked with the mother to strengthen her milk supply so she could return to nursing her baby.
Periodic appointments were scheduled, and after a month of follow-up and treatment, we are happy to report that the baby girl improved and has made a full recovery. Mal al-Sham still visits the Areeha Center to ensure she remains healthy and does not become malnourished again. Thanks to supporters like you Mal Al-Sham and countless other children, have the chance at living a healthy childhood.
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.

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.

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