MAY 2017


From an exciting new field office in Jordan to vaccination campaigns, UOSSM worked hard during the month of May to bring the highest level of health care in Syria and neighboring countries. Please scroll below to read the full newsletter. 

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May 2017 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA



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UOSSM USA Activities

UOSSM USA Launches Fundraising Campaign

The sheer magnitude of the conflict on Syria’s children is overwhelming. Did you know: Of the 13.5 million Syrians in need of humanitarian aid, 5.8 MILLION are children. More than half of the total population in Syria has been displaced, HALF of these people are children. Over 20,000 children under the age of 16 have been killed. Syrian children need our support! They need access to healthcare, mental health care, and psychosocial support. They need to get vaccinated and they need to be treated for war related injuries and illnesses. You can help! You can make a difference! UOSSM supports Syrian children, and their families, every day with health care, mental health and psychosocial support services, and child protection services inside Syria, in Turkey, and in neighboring countries, including UOSSM USA’s new Jordan office that will help the population of refugees in Southern Syria and Jordan. Please join our fundraising campaign and help us continue to provide these children and their families with the care they need.

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We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health. We would like to wish a Ramadan Mubarak to all of the Muslims celebrating worldwide. We would like to welcome all of our subscribers and supporters to the UOSSM family. You will receive plenty of new information and updates about our work and activities for this and every month. UOSSM's 1000+ dedicated staff members in the US and abroad are working hard to make a difference in the lives of Syrians inside Syria and in neighboring countries, and to provide the medical support that is so desperately needed. Thank you for supporting UOSSM USA, together we are "Saving Lives, and Building Hope."

UOSSM USA Activities

UOSSM USA Opens New Jordan Office

With the sharp rise in destruction in Southern Syria, and the major shortage of healthcare services, especially in Daraa and Quneitra, UOSSM understood the importance of bringing medical services to that area, and while UOSSM is providing services in the area, there is a need for more. UOSSM USA started the registration process for a new office in 2016, and finally got the registration completed in early 2017. UOSSM USA's CEO, Kathleen Rowan visited the Jordan office earlier this year. This is an exciting endeavor for UOSSM USA as we elevate the level of healthcare services in the region.

UOSSM Activities

UOSSM, in Partnership with UNICEF Launches Project for Six Mobile Clinics and Two Primary Health Care Centers in Northern Syria


UOSSM, in partnership with UNICEF, launched a project in the beginning of May for six mobile clinics and two primary health care centers in Dair-Hassan and Al-Barah in Northern Syria. The areas covered are the northern suburbs of Aleppo, the southwestern suburbs of Aleppo, the eastern suburbs of Saraqeb, the southern suburbs of Idlib, the western suburbs of Abu al Thahoor, and the eastern suburbs of Maara. The clinics will provide medical health care services, nutrition services, and mental health care and psycho-social support services..


UOSSM Opens Four Mental Health Care Centers in Gaziantep


Due to the constant displacement of Syrians, and their difficult situations, UOSSM opened four mental health care centers in Gaziantep to provide mental health care and psycho social support services to Syrians, and child protection services for children in each center.


11,617 Children to be Vaccinated in Idlib


UOSSM will launch a vaccination campaign that will vaccinate 11,617 babies. The main goal is to keep these babies safe from preventable diseases. The Areeha Primary Health Care Center, will cover the areas of 38 villages and camps, and the Quorqonia PHC will cover the areas of 21 villages and camps.


UOSSM Continues to Provide Training to Emergency Response for Chemical Weapons Attacks


WHO in partnership with the UOSSM, launched special training sessions after the attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4. The training was for the emergency response on treating victims of chemical weapons attacks. The following subjects were provided as part of the training course: Surgery and Trauma Program - Pre-Hospital & Hospital Phase. Two training courses were provided to 60 employees from emergency departments, forensic labs, and the Civil Defense, and two training courses were provided to 60 doctors and nurses from hospitals in the northern region and lasted for 12 days.


UOSSM Provides Training to Idlib University Medical Students on Dealing with War-Related Injuries


UOSSM provided training to Idlib University Medical students on how to deal with war-related injuries. The topics presented include: evacuation planning, distribution of patients, airway release, and practical training. The training session lasted for two days and was held in Bab Al-Hawa Qualification and Training Center.


New Partnership Between UOSSM Canada and Muslim Medical Association of Canada


On May 6, UOSSM Canada attended their first partnered event with Muslim Medical Association of Canada. Approximately 40 physicians and healthcare providers learned how they can assist with international medical relief work in Mississauga, the medical professionals were also able to sign up for training missions, tele-medicine support, data and research.


UOSSM Completes Vaccination Campaign in Turkey


UOSSM completed a vaccination campaign for children under the age of five in Turkey. This project was in partnership with UNICEF, WHO, and the Antakya Health Directorate in Turkey. The campaign went through two phases; the first phase was in Primary Health Care Centers and the second phase was via mobile clinics. A total of 277 children were vaccinated. This campaign covered 20 neighborhoods in Hatay, Turkey.


UOSSM Announces Acquisition of ISO 9001 Certification in Annual Medical Conference in Gaziantep


UOSSM announced in the Annual Medical Conference in Gaziantep, the acquisition of the ISO 9001-2015 certification, in the presence of Turkish government officials, and representatives of UOSSM member organizations. ISO 9001-2015 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. Despite the global importance and prestige of the ISO certification, that was not the goal of UOSSM. The goal of the ISO certification was to raise UOSSM’s standards and to provide the best quality care, following the international standards of excellence to all UOSSM beneficiaries.


UOSSM's Programs


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.


  • Partially supports 120 hospitals and 200 medical points with $15M in medications and consumables sufficient to operate 130,000 surgeries
  • 1,000,000+ patients treated at our 9 primary health care centers and 9 mobile clinics with over 1,000,000 consultations
  • 2,872+ newborns delivered at the Burnas Maternity Hospital and other UOSSM specialized maternity centers
  • 130,000+ people benefitted from our mental health care and psycho-social support centers
  • 10,000+ medical staff have been trained and qualified at UOSSM’s BHH and other UOSSM training centers


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