The horrific bombardment of the last few weeks in eastern Ghouta has left over 1000 dead and thousands wounded. At least 26 medical facilities have been attacked and put out of service. At least nine medical workers were killed.
The UOSSM USA mobile medical unit provided care to 845 patients in the month of February. Of those examined 483 were children, 231 were women and 131 were male. Most illnesses treated were for viruses, the flu and other seasonal illnesses. 80 women received gynecological care. The mobile clinic travels to five different areas throughout the week in southern Syria. Please click here to support the mobile clinic
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We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health. 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."
A UOSSM staff member was killed on February 20 in Eastern Ghouta. Abdul Rahman Ismael was killed in an airstrike. He described the chaotic situation in his last voice message he sent just minutes before he was killed saying, “I am in an area with a safe shelter and a hospital, but honestly the situation is absolutely terrible, airstrikes and barrels dropping like crazy. We can’t even count them anymore, or if we should be counting them or just run away.” UOSSM would like to send its warmest condolences to the family of Abdul Rahman, may God give them and us patience in this trying time.
A press conference was held after the escalation of the crisis in Eastern Ghouta. The conference was held by members of (SNA) Syrian NGO Alliance including UOSSM and attended by journalists and humanitarians in Gaziantep. Presenters called on the international community to protect medical and humanitarian facilities, allow humanitarian aid inside Eastern Ghouta, and the medical evacuation of critical cases.
UOSSM began offering sewing classes on February 10. Two classes of 20 were created with women above the age of 18. The classes are being offered in the Al Swisah Mental Health Care Center. Three classes are being offered a week to strengthen women’s capabilities in southern Syria and to help them learn the fundamentals of sewing.
UOSSM began implementing a nutritional program, supporting by UNICEF to detect acute and severe malnutrition cases and treatment. The program will be available in UOSSM’s primary health care center in Sawra and nearby areas, Elma, western Alghariya, and mobile clinics in Allajat. The primary targeted patients are pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under the age of five in an area of 65,000 people.
UOSSM began offering primary health care services at the beginning of February in new medical centers in Masraba in Ghouta, which will provide medical care to an area of 40,000, a childbirth center in Arbeen, Ghouta, and Nasma, Daraa to an area of 100,000.
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
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.