January 2022 Newsletter

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

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