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UOSSM Launches First Electric Vehicle Powered by Solar Energy Systems in Northern Syria
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Edinburg, TX – UOSSM launched the first electric vehicle in northern Syria. The vehicle will be used primarily for health services including vaccine transport between cold rooms and primary healthcare facilities, and to transport patients as part of the referral system.
Over a decade of ongoing conflict has left over 4 million people in northern Syria without access to critical health services. Aerial bombardment has destroyed healthcare and energy infrastructure, leaving civilians and healthcare workers to rely on diesel fuel, creating a cycle of dependency, fragility, and further contributes to conflict.
To address this challenge, a humanitarian innovation by Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) has successfully launched under the new Health System Resilience program in northern Syria. The electric vehicle otherwise known as, ‘ electrification of mobility,’ will be used primarily for health services including vaccine transport between cold rooms and primary healthcare facilities, and to transport patients as part of the referral system. The 100% solar-powered vehicle reduces dependency on fuel, while ensuring critical health services can run 24/7 in one of the most fragile settings. The expected metrics and outcomes of the pilot project will show its importance in improving and saving lives as it will be used for medical purposes and non-reliant on fuel- providing medical access in situations such as shortage of fuel in the area.
The 100% electric vehicle (EV) uses a lithium battery charged at health facilities powered by solar energy. The electric vehicle is expected to result in significant savings in the long term by reducing reliance on fuel, and strengthening and localizing the health system. In remote and conflict affected areas, health systems including hospitals and ambulances rely on diesel fuel for generating electricity and running mobile ambulatory services. However, in conflict zones, fuel is often a scarce resource and health centers, and hospitals are often under-resourced. UOSSM’s electric vehicle bypasses such challenges, delivering
life-saving medicines and healthcare using only solar energy.
Vaccines to be transported to medical facilities
The innovative project will help fill a critical gap where over 10 years of conflict in Syria has devastated health systems and energy infrastructure. 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, and is funded by Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge (HGC). UOSSM’s 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 conflict zones, and works towards building strong, independent and resilient health systems – humanizing technological advancements for the people who need it most.
New electric vehicle launched by UOSSM.
Ali Mohamad, UOSSM Environmental Engineer and Program Coordinator said, “At the Syria Solar Initiative (SSI), our ambition is to help mainstream such integrated approaches for resilience in similar contexts around the world. Our team is composed of highly qualified engineers and doctors, working together to advance this project. Our goal is to issue a report in the summer of 2022 which captures the results of this pilot project, and the HIRS approach more broadly with hopes that humanitarian practitioners and innovators can further build on this experience.”
Currently, UOSSM technical teams are evaluating the pilot project from different aspects (technical, economic, and logistical feasibility), with expected results that may transform future operations of health services in areas of crisis and war throughout the world – especially in light of the urgency to meet climate goals for deep decarbonization.
Where over 10 years of conflict in Syria has devastated health systems and energy infrastructure, UOSSM ‘s Health Integrated Resilience System works towards strong, independent, and resilient health systems, humanizing technological advancements for the people who need it most.
UOSSM aims to advance the adoption of renewable energy for critical health services, EVs as the primary mode of mobility, telemedicine which addresses the deep gap for health workers in the country. More technologies will be used in the future under the Health System Resilience Program not only for Syria, but for other similar humanitarian contexts.
Electric vehicle charged by solar power launched by UOSSM in northern Syria.
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Many countries all over the world face several kinds of crises. Syria is one of many that has bored the brunt of multiple tough situations, placed in the middle of conflict for the longest time. There are still millions of refugees who are still in need of proper aid.

While many have already been assisted to safety and security, many Syrian children are still quite vulnerable to a variety of these disasters that require urgent health. Although multiple individuals and organizations strive to do their part, there‘s still a long way to go.

Continue reading for an overview of the dire situation that Syrian refugee children face:

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What Do Syrian Refugees Face?

The Syrian civil war encompasses so much bloodshed over the last decade, affecting the lives of so many families in the Middle East. Although many can escape or get adopted for a better home, there are still many who have to experience the reality of the ongoing conflict. The effects are as follows:

  • Informal Settlements Within Camps.

    Men, children, and women are all scattered and displaced all over different countries due to Syria’s state as a warzone. Some are in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, and more, with plenty separated from their families.
  • The Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Health facilities aren’t accessible enough to many Syrian refugees. It’s even more of a familiar story when the younger ones aren’t registered in the country and are refused the proper care and service they need.
  • Education Inaccessibility.

    It’s a natural stage for children to enroll and learn many things, but Syrian children aren’t able to have that kind of luxury. Not only is there an imbalance between students and teachers, but the facilities aren’t available either.
  • Scarcity of Resources.

    Food and water are quite hard to come by, which can often worsen the health condition of a child. Plus, the lack of these basic necessities can result in a decline in their psychosocial well-being.
  • Disregard of Children’s Rights.

    In an environment where survival of the fittest is respected, children and disabled youth are at a disadvantage as they’re treated as mere commodities. Child labor and early marriage are simply normalized.

How Is the Situation Approached?

Many humanitarian organizations under UNICEF’s Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan, alongside the No Lost Generation initiative, will seek to help at least 3,000,000 displaced Syrian children. We aim to provide different programs that will tackle each issue faced, ensure quality access and recognize the rights of these children to live a better life.

How Can You Help with the Situation?

Being able to participate in these efforts in any way that you can is quite important to ensure that every single child will be given aid. Consider donating or becoming a volunteer during these tough times to continue these humanitarian operations and community outreach programs. You can also look into housing a child of your own to give them a new life.


Every human has the right to nutrition, education, proper health, and protection, and that statement is even truer for children. As many of them face such disasters, it’s important to extend a hand and home when we can.


Want to know more about how to adopt a Syrian refugee child? UOSSM USA is a nonprofit and non-government medical humanitarian organization that’s incorporated in the state of Texas. Reach out with us today.

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Refugees stranded at the Greek-Turkish land border and blocked by a hastily built wall have become the symbol of a crisis that has deeply shaken relations between Greece and Turkey. Athens has repeatedly denounced what it calls Turkey’s “unacceptable” behavior, and lack of cooperation in the face of the massive migrant flows toward Europe.

Based on the EU-Turkey deal of 2016, Greece, which is part of Europe, sends incoming irregular migrants to Turkey instead. In exchange, Turkey will receive €6 billion in aid from the EU for its migrant communities. Moreover, Turkey has increased its measures to prevent illegal migration. It’s clear as day that this agreement is a political strategy that benefits EU countries; however, it compromises refugees’ rights, hence, the backlash. Despite the criticisms, it still moved forward. 

The Reopening of Borders

Since the agreement between the EU and Turkey, the latter tried its best to prevent the influx of illegal migrations. However, over the years, there have been accusations that the promised funding to support the millions of refugees in Turkey wasn’t given. 

Turkey’s President Erdogan announced the opening of the Greek-Turkish border. Following the announcement, hundreds of refugees rushed towards the border to gain access to the EU.

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A Political Move

Turkey’s move to open the borders may be its way to pressure the EU to cooperate. Unfortunately, it was at the expense of migrants, where they were pushed back violently by the Greek border security. 

Greece is NOT the Gateway to Europe

The Greek Migration Minister, Notis Mitarakis, responded to the influx of immigrants to the border by introducing migration legislation to accelerate deportations. There were concerning clauses on the country’s new stance on migration that is being heavily scrutinized globally. 

Due to the new law, the border is loaded with the military, migrants are detained in poor conditions, and the grace period for voluntary deportations has been drastically shortened from 30 days to a week. Furthermore, the border police were given the right to deport migrants under the jurisdiction of migrant authorities. 

Despite the international criticisms, Mitarakis remains firm in his stance and reiterates that Greece will not be the gateway to Europe. 

A Dangerous Migratory Loop

The EU has sparked tension between Turkey and Greece while putting the lives of immigrants at risk. Moreover, the EU has failed to maintain the conditions in their deal with Turkey that have put so many human lives at risk. Aside from this, Greece will have to face severe backlash due to its migration policy. There are also questions about the funding it received from the EU and its use. 

Moving Forward

Indeed, the EU has manufactured a crisis between Greece and Turkey that could have been prevented. After all, the EU-Turkey agreement was only meant to be a temporary solution, yet it’s no excuse for the current human rights violations. 

Member states, EU institutions, and Turkey should work on a compromise to prioritize the rights of the refugees and build an asylum system that works. 

A Growing Divide

Crisis makes strange bedfellows, and the refugee crisis has made an awkward tension between Greece and Turkey. Though they’re both geographically part of Europe and their languages are mutually intelligible, their cultural ties to the West and Asia, respectively, leave them on opposite sides of this growing divide. For Greece, it’s not necessarily a question of escaping the rising tide of refugees but whether to continue holding up one half of a bridge to Western Europe.

Are you wondering how to help Syrian refugees? UOSSM is a nonprofit, 501 charitable, non-government, medical humanitarian organization. Donate now.

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The Many Ways You Can Help Syrian Refugees Now

The International Rescue Committee provides humanitarian aid to Syrians by supporting local aid workers to help them get food, jobs, and education. In the United States, you can volunteer at a local resettlement office to provide support to those resettling. Other than that, you can also lend a hand to Syrian refugees in more than two ways.

Here are some of the things you can do to help them:

  1. Donate to the International Red Cross


An estimated two million people in Syria need safe water and hygiene items. To help them, you can donate to the International Red Cross, which will be using the donations to provide hygiene items such as baby diapers, sanitary pads, and soap to those in need. 

There are also urgent needs in the refugee camps; you can donate money to the United Nations’ refugee agency to help them provide essential items such as blankets and clothes.

  1. Donate to the Syrian Children’s Relief Fund

The Syrian Children’s Relief Fund provides medical supplies and treatments to Syrian children, and you can donate to them to aid them in their cause. For every $15 donation, you will be given a chance to win a prize.

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3. Organize Fundraisers and Personal Campaigns

Hosting fundraising events is a reasonably good way to contribute to the cause. You can ask your family and friends for donations, and you can also organize a raffle or a silent auction. You can even arrange a bake sale for this cause—the money you get from the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Syrian refugees.

Organize a media campaign by spreading awareness through the use of social media. While you can help refugees through the Internet, you can also help them by simply spreading awareness.

  1. Help with Legal Support

Syrian refugees cannot leave the refugee camps unless they have someone to sponsor them. If you have family or friends who are willing to support them, you can help by providing legal advice on how to go about it.

  1. Support the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

Since finding homes for Syrian refugees is the hardest part, you can help by showing support for those willing to resettle the refugees in their own homes. You can also attend their community meetings or join potlucks.

According to an article by the New York Times, a community in Denver is willing to resettle 90 Syrians in its own homes. If you are eager to do so, you can help by providing sponsorships, donations, or even by going to community events.

  1. Support Doctors and Medical Needs

The health system has collapsed in Syria, and the doctors willing to stay there are suffering from bombings and attacks. You can help by providing doctors with emergency kits and medical supplies or sending them money to help with their operating costs.


The Syrian refugee crisis is one of the biggest tragedies in recent memory. It is a humanitarian disaster beyond our imagination, and more than anything, it is a problem that requires our full attention.

There are plenty of ways you can help out those in need, and we are glad to be in the position to enlighten you on the things you can do to help the Syrian refugees out.

Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable, independent, non-government, medical humanitarian organization incorporated in Texas. We provide life-saving medical humanitarian relief and access to quality healthcare and mental health services to people most in need and communities affected by crises, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, or political affiliation. If you want to know more about how to help Syrian refugees, get in touch with us! We can help you get your support across to them.

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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.

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Unfortunately, refugees still exist. What’s more alarming is that many of the refugees are children. The reality is that these children have no choice but to go with the flow since their innocence wouldn’t really help them. 

One of the countries that significantly adds to the refugee population is Syria. The security situation in the country is extremely dangerous due to military conflict, high levels of violence, terrorism, and kidnapping. No wonder people are forced or choose to flee. 

The idea of being a refugee is already inconceivable. What more if you’ve known about the challenges that children refugees face growing up as one? To give you an idea, here are those challenges:

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  1. They Have Limited Access to Quality Education


Education can be the cure for children to succeed in life. However, access to quality education is one of the main challenges of being a refugee. In fact, UNICEF states that refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than other children, often because of school safety, language barriers, and financial difficulties. 

This is true for Syrian children refugees. They can’t access quality education because of their emotional trauma from the situation, leaving them unprepared to enter a formal classroom. It’s also because some of the children end up in child labor to help their own families. 


  1. Their Mental Health and Childhood Will Be Compromised


Another sad reality for Syrian children refugees is that they may experience emotional and mental trauma, leading to compromised mental health and lost childhood. As you know, forced migration is traumatizing enough for anyone. What more if a child experiences it. It will definitely take a toll on their mental health, which may leave them to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms. 


  1. They Will Be Separated from Their Families


Many children refugees who were rescued are unaccompanied because they were separated from their families. In fact, according to UNICEF’s latest estimates, at least 3,000 unaccompanied and separated children were registered in 80 countries over the course of two years.

Separation from families may create a harmful impact on children. They are at double the risk for violence, exploitation, and abuse. 


  1. There’s a Higher Chance That They Will Face Isolation in Their Host Community


Unfortunately, isolation is one of the most common challenges that most refugees face. Aside from the fact that it’s hard for them to adjust to a new country or environment, the community will make it harder for them because of xenophobia and discrimination. Moreover, child refugees have no choice but to accept the fact that it’s hard to rebuild a life or regain a sense of normalcy. 




As you can see, the life of refugee children is unimaginable. They are served with the harsh reality of not being able to enjoy life as a child. We have no control over the situation that’s leading to becoming refugees. We can only help them improve their lives by giving them all the help possible. Fortunately, there are organizations that extend help to these children, and you can be part of those organizations.


If you also want to help, you’ve come to the right place! Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations USA (UOSSM USA) is an organization for Syrian refugees providing medical relief, emergency life-saving aids, and quality healthcare to those affected by the crisis. Together, let us help these child refugees. Contact us today to know how you can help!

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Help Syrian Refugees
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Since the Syrian civil war began, many families have suffered from the brutal conflict and unrest. The war greatly affected the country, where hundreds of thousands of people have died, and the nation has been torn apart. As a result, millions of Syrians fled from the land and were forced to leave everything behind.

Syrian refugees are victims of the crisis due to war. They are badly in need of the necessities to survive, which you can participate in helping them. They need reliable access to potable water and sanitation facilities. You can join in helping them by donating food, clean water, hygiene products, household items, and other necessities.

Read on to know more about what you can do to help Syrian refugees.

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  1. Pray for Them

One of the best ways to help the Syrian families affected by the crisis is to pray for them and lift their needs to a higher power. Every child, aid worker, and refugee from Syria stands in desperate need of peace, and prayers are something you can freely and continually do for them.


  1. Make a Donation

Another means of helping refugees is the most common way of help, which is to donate, through cash or in kind. These donations usually augment their food, employment, education, or legal assistance.

If you plan to donate money, you can give any amount that will go straight to organizations helping Syrian refugees or extend your donations to Syrian families themselves. 


  1. Conduct and Organize Refugee Events

You can try conducting and organizing events to help spread the word about how Syrians were forced to flee. In particular, here are a few ideas you can consider:

  • Organize discussions in your localities concerning refugee issues.
  • Hold a debate or competition on topics essential for Syrians.
  • Host a World Refugee Day party where you can show films that celebrate multiculturalism or educate people about their forced displacement.


  1. Become a Volunteer

Learn about becoming a volunteer and understand the know-how of the process created by other renowned volunteers of organizations. You can also volunteer to adopt a Syrian refugee or sponsor the needs of their family.

As a volunteer, you can share the stories of the Syrian families, particularly their difficult journey. Doing so allows more people to realize that refugees desire the same things in life as every citizen does: acceptance and all the daily necessities.


  1. Use Your Business to Help Rebuild Lives

If you are a business owner, you can take the opportunity to extend your own products, services, funds, and even hard-earned knowledge to refugees. For instance, you can create programs that can teach them business skills, start cooperatives, and help them become skilled and trained workers.


Final Thoughts

Syrian refugees are victims of war who want to leave every traumatic experience behind. There are several ways to engage in helping them, and this article lists only a few of them. You can reach out to them and consider sponsoring a refugee family and donating to a Syrian relief fund. 


Do you want to learn more about how to help Syrian refugees? You can work with us at the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA). We have been helping in response to the Syrian crisis since early 2012, especially for mental health and general healthcare. Contact us today to learn more about the various programs you can participate in.

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Refugees are people forced to leave their country due to violence or war. They also run away out of fear of persecution due to their religion, race, political opinion, and more. 

Others might not know that refugees struggle to find shelter, food to eat, earn respect, and protect their families. They have goals in life, just like anyone else, but they are left with challenges that seemingly make their futures bleak.


What Do Refugees Go Through?

Everyone is entitled to basic human needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, and security. However, refugees cannot afford to have these. Before they reach their country of asylum, they experience hunger, thirst, extreme weather, and other dire conditions. The harsh situation in refugee camps is not ideal either.

What others fail to realize is that refugees are denied their right to live with dignity. They wake up every day not knowing if they will live to see the next day. These individuals are met with loss and grief daily due to war. After experiencing all the violence and oppression in their home country, they are left with no other option but to flee and go to a completely strange and foreign land.

Refugees are forced to leave for reasons that are beyond their control. In the process, they have to leave their lives behind. They have no option but to say goodbye to friends and family. They are forced to leave all of their belongings and dreams where their hopes have been crushed. Unfortunately, these things are only a fraction of what every refugee goes through.

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Opening Doors to Refugees

Developing countries, such as Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Libya, are opening their doors and hosting refugees. European countries are also welcoming some of them. However, the fact remains that the issue of refugees should not be shouldered by these places alone. Every country in the world should be concerned.

Each world leader and society need to cooperate and work together to settle the issue surrounding refugees. These individuals need a safe place to stay where they can start over again. No one should lose their life trying to cross borders. People should also stop blaming refugees for economic and social problems since it only promotes racism, discrimination, and outright hatred.

Many countries continue to see refugees as a burden, but it is important to remember what they have been through. Leaving their lives behind for their own survival is unthinkable, and yet they were forced to do so. If they had a choice, they would not want to subject themselves to discrimination in a strange land. However, with the brutality they encounter in their home countries, they don’t have any other option but to leave for a safer place.


What Do Refugees Need After Asylum?

Host countries should address the needs of refugees once they reach a safe space. Besides receiving basic necessities, such as material assistance and health care, their psychological condition must also be checked. Doing so will help them assimilate into a new society. Every country must do its part to help preserve the dignities and meet the needs of these individuals in dire need of help.


That’s why the world must show concern about the ongoing refugee crisis. They never chose to be born in countries afflicted by war. They are people, just like us. These individuals deserve a better and happier life. As fellow humans, we can do something to ensure they will be treated as equals and receive the help that they need.



As fellow humans, we must be concerned about the atrocities that refugees have gone through. We are offered an opportunity to help people who need us most, so we should take the opportunity to do so. If you are interested in lending a hand, you can do volunteer work with Syrian refugees.

Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable, independent, non-government, medical humanitarian organization in Texas. We are currently looking for people who want to volunteer with Syrian refugees or do volunteer work in Syria. If you are interested in our cause and want to do your part in changing these people’s lives, contact us today.

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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

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Refugees are groups of individuals who have been driven out of their homes or countries due to conflict of political or religious persecution. And with millions of refugees all over the world, there is enough work for anyone prepared to stand up and help out. Volunteers may play an essential role in assisting and sponsoring a refugee family to integrate into a new culture and increase the quality of life in refugee camps.

How to Volunteer 

Effect areas may be divided into two categories: resettlement and in-camp activities.

Resettlement activities involve matching a volunteer with an individual or family committed to being a local resource for them. These activities include helping them with anything from using a computer to grocery shopping.

Handing out food or water, offering basic healthcare, educating, and assisting refugees in preparing to leave the camp before resettling overseas are all examples of in-camp activities. If you have a medical background, you may make a significant impact by offering expert medical services.

The easiest method to locate a volunteer position in a refugee camp is to select who and where you want to assist, then do research on which organizations are on the ground, working with them. Following that, you can apply to volunteer with a specific NGO or charitable organization.

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Volunteering in Different Countries

You don’t need to travel to the Horn of Africa to help Somali refugees. For example, you may be an American working with refugees in New Zealand. If you studied Arabic, you might volunteer to help Syrian refugees in Germany. If you’d like to spend time in Kenya, there are plenty of options to help with Burundian or Somalian refugees at some of the world’s largest refugee camps.

Burmese refugees in the US or Thailand, Burundian refugees in Europe or Tanzania, Somali refugees in England or Kenya, and Syrian refugees in Germany or Lebanon are possible partners. Because this is a global issue, there are many possibilities and places to volunteer. 

Where to Volunteer 

  • Canada

The United States and Canada continue to bring in large influxes of refugees from all around the world each year. If you are unable to travel abroad, you have an opportunity right within your community. You might also check for volunteer opportunities in Canada, such as Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, where many refugees have settled.

  • Nepal or India

Tibetan refugees have been fleeing to northern India and Nepal. This is a lovely community where you can also go for a trekking excursion before or after your volunteer work.

  • Nonprofit Organizations 

If you aren’t set on traveling to a particular location, you can contact groups such as The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the International Rescue Committee. Just describe your skill set and what you hope to do, and learn where the most significant need is right now. 

Factors to Consider When Volunteering Abroad

Reading books on refugees’ stories might help you better understand the individuals you want to support. In addition to what will be taught in training, being a successful volunteer requires patience, the capacity to work through language obstacles, and a creative approach to problem-solving in addition. 

While volunteering can have a beneficial influence on the lives of those who have faced adversity, they are not easy to accomplish. You need a lot of patience and compassion as you work with these groups.


Volunteering to help Syrian refugees can provide you with a unique sense of fulfillment. You can learn more about what makes a successful volunteer in general, and think about how your abilities and traits can relate to your volunteer work with refugees in the country of your choice.

If you’d like to volunteer to help Syrian refugees, you can work with us. Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations-USA (UOSSM USA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable, independent, non-government, medical humanitarian organization incorporated in the state of Texas. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or become a partner, contact us today!

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