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

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

Triplets Delivered in UOSSM Supported Abeen Samaan Hospital

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

UOSSM Implements Polio Campaign in Idlib Governorate

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

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

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

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

UOSSM Turkey Distributes Over 5000 Winter Kits

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

Impact Story- Omar

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

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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 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 on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000 people
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

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

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

February 2021 Newsletter
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February 2021 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

UOSSM Activities

UOSSM Continues to Support Sarmada Mental Health Center Services

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

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

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

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

UOSSM Provides Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Workers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impact Story- Nour

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

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

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Did you know?

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

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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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.

BREAKING: Syria Reports First Case of COVID-19, UOSSM Expects Parabolic Jump In Cases
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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2020

BREAKING: Syria Reports First Case of COVID-19, UOSSM Expects Parabolic Jump In Cases

Dallas, Texas- This weekend the Syrian Government reported their first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Damascus (not including Northern Syria). UOSSM projects a significantly higher number of cases that have gone unreported. Over 80% of the medical infrastructure in Syria is operating at a limited capacity and COVID-19 testing kits are extremely inaccessible.

UOSSM predicts a parabolic jump of cases in North Western Syria in the next two weeks. The medical system definitively does not have the capacity to cope with the influx. The UN reports that there are 4,178,480 people in North Western Syria, living in densely populated conditions with little access to healthcare. In Idlib (pop. 3.5+ million) there are 201 ICU beds and only 95 ventilators. 100% of the ventilators are currently in use and not available to treat COVID-19 patients. In North Western Syria there is currently only one PCR Lab. In the past 12 months alone, 85 medical facilities have been attacked and most are currently not functional. The medical infrastructure cannot handle the existing population needs let alone a wide spread pandemic. Medical staff suffer from a shortage of masks, gloves, gowns, disinfectant, thermal scanners and other medical supplies.
Years of war and malnutrition have left many people’s immune systems compromised and the entire population susceptible to drastically higher mortality rates. It is predicted that the transmission rates will be dramatically higher than global averages due to densely populated IDP camps and multiple families living in the same dwelling.

Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vice President of UOSSM USA said, “ Even though there is only one confirmed case this does not reflect the actual number of active cases in Syria. There have been reports of people who are sick with symptoms similar to COVID-19 however there is very limited laboratory diagnostic capacity to confirm. According to WHO and based on the current epidemiological situation in the region with the rapid spread of cases in neighboring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, WHO considers the overall risk for Syria to be very high. Considering the disrupted and fragile health system, the risk of the spread of diseases is high in Aleppo and Idleb governorates.
It is terrifying to think about what will happen if this spreads to areas of displacement, as millions are living in densely populated areas with no option for social distancing, limited access to soap, clean water, medical supplies, and a major shortage of ICU beds and ventilators. I fear the death toll could be catastrophic.”

UOSSM ‘s response and preparedness plan for Covid-19 as follows:

UOSSM’s mobile clinics have made it a top priority to visit communities and educate the population on social distancing, hygiene practices and steps if people are symptomatic.
UOSSM has nurse/staff in front of medical facilities to screen patients and direct them to the right area.
UOSSM has asked all health workers to attend the WHO online course “Introduction to Emerging Respiratory Viruses, Including Novel Coronavirus”.
UOSSM’s technical team has trained all health workers in UOSSM PHC centers on the detection of suspected cases, handling of cases, referral of cases, and reporting.
UOSSM is working in close collaboration with the Idlib Health Directorate to implement a ‘COVID-19 Response Plan’. A few days ago, the Idlib Health Directorate announced the opening of an epidemic surveillance laboratory to carry out PCR tests to identify COVID-19 (testing kits currently unavailable).

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