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February 2021 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

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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.

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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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.

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
18140 Zane St. NW, Suite 337
Elk River, MN 55330

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COVID-19 Patients Receive Care at Sarmada Isolation Center
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The UOSSM Saramada Community Isolation Center admits COVID-19 patients experiencing mild to moderate symptoms as part of the referral system. Patients will remain in the center until they test negative and will receive high quality medical care throughout their stay.

As of January 27, 2021, there were 20,965 total cases of the coronavirus in northwest Syria with 5 new cases in the past 24 hours, and a total of 380 deaths.

UOSSM Continues Response to COVID-19 By Providing Oxygen Generator to Area Hospital
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UOSSM continues its response to COVID-19 by providing an oxygen generator to an area hospital. In addition, UOSSM provided maintenance to 11 oxygen stations throughout northwest Syria. Watch the video to learn more.

November 2020
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November 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

UOSSM USA Continues 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. This 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.

UOSSM Continues Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Northern Syria

UOSSM continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing medical care in northern Syria. There has been an alarming rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area. UOSSM continues to provide medical care and has trained healthcare service providers on handling COVID-19 cases. In addition, UOSSM established 12 testing and triage centers outside of 12 healthcare centers, and established 12 COVID-19 Community Treatment Centers. UOSSM has also distributed over 50,000 KN95 masks, provided the Idlib National Hospital with an oxygen generator, repaired 11 additional oxygen generators for 11 other medical facilities, and is providing mental health support to healthcare workers on the front lines. UOSSM continues to provide awareness campaigns about COVID-19 as well, and is continuing 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.

UOSSM Operates Two Medical Centers In Cooperation with Kilis Health Directorate

On November 14, Dr. Mahmoud Arek, the Kilis Health Director, handed over two medical centers to UOSSM in Barooza and Ihtimalat in eastern Aazaz of northern Aleppo. UOSSM will operate the centers following Turkish healthcare standards and protocols. UOSSM will manage both medical centers that will provide the following medical services: internal medicine, dental clinic, midwife and pediatric clinic, pharmacy, diagnostic laboratory, mental health and psychosocial support services.

Impact Story- Abd Al Jaleel’s Story: From Severe Malnutrition to Completely Healthy

This baby has been suffering since he was born. He is part of a displaced family living in a displacement camp in the southern Idlib countryside. His father was killed by a bombing… Abd Al Jaleel, 1, was brought to the UOSSM Maarat Masreen Primary Healthcare Center because he was losing weight and did not have an appetite. He had been very sick with infections since he was 4 months old.

After Abd Al Jaleel was examined, he was referred to the nutrition clinic for further nutrition care. His arm circumference was measured with the MUAC bracelet showing that he had severe acute malnutrition. We are happy to report that after two months of treatment and follow up at the nutrition clinic, Abd Al Jaleel is no longer malnourished and is eating well again! He continues to visit the center for follow up nutrition care treatment and prevention.

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
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COVID-19 UPDATE: There are a total of 18,949 cases of COVID-19 in northwest Syria, with 175 new cases reported today. 260 people have died from the Coronavirus. We hope everyone continues to be vigilant about wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing if possible. We pray for the safety and well-being of everyone.

UOSSM Community Treatment Centers Treat COVID-19 Patients
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UOSSM Community Treatment Centers accept patients experiencing COVID19 symptoms. A patient’s vitals are taken along with a PCR test to confirm infection with the coronavirus. If confirmed positive, the patient is examined and is transferred to an isolation room and provided with the necessary care.

UOSSM Continues to Respond to COVID-19 With Isolation Centers
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UOSSM continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing isolation centers throughout northwest Syria. Please watch the video to learn more!

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COVID-19 Update: On November 16, there were 502 new confirmed cases of the #coronavirus bringing the total to 12,354 cases in northwest Syria. Of the 502 new cases, 50 were staff working in medical facilities and 42 were displaced persons in camps of displacement. 95 people have died from COVID-19.
The numbers continue to rise. UOSSM is on the ground responding by establishing isolation centers, providing hygiene kits, which include masks and sanitizers, and nutritious food, training staff on handling the Coronavirus, and providing educational materials to the families in displacement camps on how to protect themselves from COVID-19. We continue to pray for everyone’s safety and urge people to please wash your hands, wear masks and maintain social distancing when possible.
October 2020
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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

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