In response to the #Covid19 pandemic, UOSSM Turkey has taken the following steps in Northern Syria:
- Sterilized three camps of dispacement (Alfurquan Camp, Alwafaa Camp, Kahatayn Camp).
- Distributed over 1000 hygiene kits (includes personal hygiene essentials for women and children).
- Distributed over 1000 food baskets with basic essentials to encourage people to stay home.
- Contributed to establish an isolation center in Afrin.
- Contributed to establish distance learning center in Afrin.
- Distributed awareness brochures on protection from Coronavirus in displacement camps.
- Over 10,000 people were reached with UOSSM Turkey awareness campaigns.
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In an interview with KRGV.com, Dr. Monzer Yazji, president of UOSSM USA, about the effects COVID19 has on mental health. He said, "There is an immediate psychological impact now, which comes with severe anxiety and depression, and other mental stress diseases." Please click here to watch the interview.
This UOSSM mobile clinic launched in February 2020. The clinic is providing care to the elderly in their tents at risk from COVID-19. In addition to other services, the clinic is providing awareness and educating people on preventative measures to protect from the Coronavirus.Read more
The UOSSM Mobile Clinic medical team began offering physical and mental awareness sessions for displaced families in Tal Abyad. The team took all necessary prevention methods using social distancing, staying 6 feet apart, and wearing masks. The focus of the sessions was how to stay physically and mentally healthy with the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
North Western #Syria is particularly vulnerable to the #coronavirus given that a population of over 4 million people, including 1 million IDP’s, is packed into densely populated areas. They don't have a home to #stayhome and #socialdistancing is not an option. Years of #war and #malnutrition have left many people's immune systems compromised and the entire population susceptible to drastically higher mortality rates. #Covid19 #stayhome.Read more
UOSSM teams are taking several measures to prepare for the outbreak: the deployment of medical emergency mobile teams that will be operational 24/7, the improvement of existing medical infrastructures, the creation of specific centres for COVID-19, the protection of the medical teams and the diffusion of relevant information among the population to be able to contain the spread of the virus. In such context, TSF connections are essential. UOSSM doctors use our satellite equipment to communicate with the medical points and field hospitals and to coordinate the delivery of medical materials to the areas most in need. They can provide remote medical assistance and remain up-to-date with the latest medical researches and studies, which is paramount to face a new virus on which new information is shared every day. Please click here to read the full story.
CNN's Arwa Damon reports on a new potential killer for Syrians, COVID-19. They simply don't have the resources/ability to protect themselves against the #Coronavirus. Dr. Munzer Khalil, Director of the Idlib Health Directorate fears a tsunami of deaths if the virus spreads within crowded areas of displacement, with a decimated health care system, only 600 doctors, 201 ICU beds and around 100 ventilators for a population of over 4 million. Please click here to watch the video.
In response to the #COVID19 outbreak and as a preventative measure, UOSSM USA, in collaboration with UOSSM, provide hygiene kits to over 1000 internally displaced persons in Northern Syria.
Dr. Munzer Khalil, Director of the Idlib Health Directorate, talks in brief about the importance of protecting medical staff members in NW Syria. There are only 1.4 doctors per 10,000 people in Northwest Syria. The minimum acceptable number in times of war is 5 doctors per 10,000. Please click here to watch the video.
The Idlib Health Directorate shared this graphic showing the gravity of the situation if Coronavirus spreads to NW Syria. There are only 600 doctors, only 201 ICU beds and only 95 adult ventilators in Northwest Syria. The most advanced countries in the world are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, imagine what would happen in Syria.Read more