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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

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February 2020
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February 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

Humanitarian Disaster Continues in Idlib, Syria

February was an especially brutal month in Idlib, Syria, as the humanitarian disaster continued. Hundreds of thousands were displaced, schools were bombed, hospitals and medical facilities were targeted, medical staff and doctors were killed. Hundreds of thousands continued to flee the violence and bombardment, with an estimated 500,000 children. There are shortages of medical and humanitarian supplies as people continue to live in cold temperatures with inadequate shelter. UOSSM USA launched the fundraising campaign, “Idlib is Burning” to provide emergency and life-saving medical care to those who need it most.

Since April 2019, there have been at least 78 attacks on medical facilities, and thousands of civilians have been killed and wounded. UOSSM is responding by providing life-saving medical care and emergency aid to those who need it most. In addition, UOSSM has increased the operation of mobile clinics in areas of the newly displaced. Please click the donate button to support the people of Syria.

Collaborative Efforts to Prevent Malnutrition in Syria after Waves of Mass Displacement

In response to the humanitarian catastrophe, with over 948,000 people newly displaced including 500,000 children, UOSSM USA, in collaboration with UOSSM Turkey, provided food supplies to over 3000 families over January and February 2020. Thanks to our supporters, 3000 families were provided with food kits, preventing malnutrition. This initiative is a proactive measure to prevent the spread of malnutrition and is part of the UOSSM Nutrition Program. This will be an ongoing effort to continue preventing malnutrition for the displaced in northern Syria.

UOSSM’s Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Center Offers Social Activities for Child Integration into Society

In an initiative to increase the social inclusion of children into society, the UOSSM Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Center in Reyhanli, Turkey offered several activities for Syrian and Turkish children. The activities focused on eliminating violence and bullying in schools, raising awareness among children on negative feelings occurring as a result of violence and bullying, and approaches to dealing with negative feelings in these situations.

UOSSM Representative Visits Bangladesh to Meet with Partners and Conduct a Study on Potential Projects

Dr. Ahmad Dbais represented UOSSM in a visit to Bangladesh to analyze the medical humanitarian situation. In addition, he met with partners for the establishment of potential projects based on the humanitarian situation in the area.

Impact- How Omar Overcame Difficulties and Walked Again

Omar was playing outside with friends, suddenly there was an airstrike. All of a sudden, his whole world changed. Omar was severely wounded and was transported to a hospital in Turkey. He spent four months in intensive care. The doctors tried, but could not save his legs. The damage was too extensive. Omar had to have both legs amputated.

Omar was so sad, he just wanted to be able to play with his friends and have a normal life without feeling so helpless. Omar started visiting UOSSM’s Physiotherapy Center in Turkey. First, he had to go through rigorous strength training, finally he was fitted with prosthetic legs. He learned how to balance himself and walk all over again. Omar was so determined and was able to walk again on his own in a matter of weeks! Thanks to our supporters who help children like Omar walk again.  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 2018:

  • UOSSM provided almost 2.5 million medical services
  • UOSSM supported 14 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • UOSSM provided over 162,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospitall provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

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